With the UCI World Road Championships about to get underway, we thought it would be a great time to check out who we have representing New Zealand and meet our worlds team. First up, he is the reigning U19 national time trial champion and Oceania Road Race champion and returning for his second stint at the Worlds. James Fouche is one of five junior riders set to tear up the roads in Doha.
It says a lot about a rider who is able to have the guts to attack solo in one of the biggest races of the season, not bother to sit back and wait for anyone else, put their head down and keep going; especially given that these solo do-or-die moves often don’t work. But at the Oceania Road Championships earlier this year James Fouche had the courage to do just that. He attacked from a long way off and soloed to a win by more than 2 minutes ahead of compatriot and Worlds teammate Robert Stannard.
At the time Fouche was simply wanting to be aggressive, with the individual time trial – in which he placed second – being his principal goal. But he emerged from Oceanias with a great amount of confidence installed, and that confidence has been repaid as he was selected for his second World Road Championships.
Currently James is in Dubai where he is putting the finishing touches to his training – and heat acclimatisation – before heading to Doha where he will attempt to better his Worlds of yesteryear. With him in the junior team are Robert Stannard, Mikayla Harvey, Madeleine Park and Campbell Stewart.