All in the numbers: Rower-turned-cyclist Hamish Bond continues push for Comm Games selection with rugged Europe training


No team, no manager, no one to do his washing.

The Olympic gold medallist is in England looking at how to become more aerodynamic when he races.
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Hamish Bond has become a man in a van, relying on old mates from what feels like a past life to get by in his new sport of choice.

"The British rowing community - that's where I've spent the vast majority of my time," Bond said on his accomodation.

"They've put me up, and to be honest, I've got a backlog of offers at various places around the country!"

He's come to Derby, England to learn how to be more aerodynamic on the bike - something AeroCoach's Xavier Disley was more than pleased to help with.

"We're vey happy to support him in this process because we do believe in him," he said.

Rather than hours of training to increase power, the AeroCoach team is looking at changing such things as body position and even shoes to reduce drag and increase speed.

Bond worked with the AeroCoach team six weeks ago and those changes have made a difference. At his latest session, they targeted another 2 per cent in improvements - a huge margin when it comes to high performance sport.

But like a true champion, Bond hit 3.3 per cent.

"I would've loved to have been able to do this in rowing," Bond said.

"But it's not a controllable environment like being here in the velodrome. This is certainly satisfying my curiousity."

Another goal on this two month trip was to gain race experience and knowledge and he's already won four out of his five road races.

"I've had couple of good performances with third fastest 25-mile time done on British soil," he said.

"Picked off a few noticeable cyclists."

He's well aware the Commonwealth Games is only nine months away but he's leaving the cycling selectors to focus on that while he concentrates on going fast.

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