Hamish Bond remains the man on a mission that he was when he left New Zealand shores for the UK time trial scene. We got to catch up with Hamish as he gets ready for his final race of his British campaign before returning to our shores.
Next week Hamish Bond will touch down in New Zealand having made the most of his time in the UK. His objectives were multiple, with basic time trial performance obviously high on the agenda, coupled with an exploration of aerodynamic areas of improvement. From our interviews with Hamish it would be safe to say that both have been achieved.
Bond’s time trial performances are more than a little impressive. 4 course records have been broken, with Bond’s times toppling previous records held by such names as Movistar’s former hour record holder Alex Dowsett. Statistically, Bond’s most impressive performance came in June, where his 17.55min time over a 16km course, saw him average 53.89kph. For what it’s worth, Geraint Thomas’ victory in the prologue of the Tour de France saw him average just 52.28kph.
While it’s impossible to accurately compare Thomas with Bond, signs from a spectator’s point of view are certainly exciting.
The next big question as we head to the latter stages of the 2017 season is will Cycling New Zealand take the chance of selecting Bond for the UCI World Road Championships time trial? To be selected would be to be given the nod ahead of the likes of national champion Jack Bauer, 11th in the penultimate day’s individual time trial at the Tour de France, former national time trial champ Patrick Bevin and the likes of Sam Bewley who have previously ridden the time trial discipline at the worlds. Time will tell, but one’s thing for certain, he’s certainly put his hand up for selection and make no mistake.
Oh, and did we hear a little mention of a potential hour record attempt? Listen in to find out.