Tour of Southland

Life in The Peloton: Tour of Southland Stage Three Interview with Ayden Toovey

A friend of Qwik Kiwi, Ayden Toovey is riding in the Tour of Southland again having ridden in the event previously as an U19 in 2012. We will be publishing a daily interview with Ayden after each stage to give you an insight into ‘Life in the Peloton‘.

QK: How did yesterday’s stage go for you personally?

AT: The stage was really tough with the mountain summit, especially not being a ‘pure’ climber myself I knew it was going to be a challenge but happy with how I tried to the line.

QK: With a team mate riding in the early break, what did that mean for yourself and the other members of Tineli Perfromance Bikewear in terms of tactics and etiquette to position yourself optimally for the climb up Crown Range?

AT:  Yeah awesome ride by Brendan to be in the real today! That meant that the rest of the team could just sit back in the pelo and make sure we were positioned to the front when we hit the bottom of Coronet to ensure we didn’t get caught behind any splits.

QK: Today’s is a similar stage with a 148km ride finishing at the summit of Bluff Hill. What are the team goals for tomorrow?

AT: Yeah I’ve heard that tomorrow could potentially be harder than today if the winds up! It’s going to be important to be attentive on the front and try not to miss any splits in the wind then again on the run into Bluff Hill. Bluff is a bit shorter than Coronet so there could be a few different riders factoring in the family as it’s not of a power climb.

QK: With three days of solid racing in the legs now, what do you do to assist with optimising recovery?

AT: Everyone has their own ways of dealing with fatigue etc but I usually stick to massage, compressions and stretching with the occasional hot cold thrown in there. But all relative the the individual.

QK: Have a great ride today.

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