Olympic champion rower Hamish Bond only started cycling on the velodrome three weeks ago but already he's proven he has what it takes.
At the weekend's Waikato Bay of Plenty Centre Track Champs the 32-year old broke the national resident record for the 4000m men's individual pursuit with a time of 4:15.816.
The previous mark of 4:16.139 was set by Olympic bronze medal winning cyclist Jesse Sergent in 2011 at the Oceania Track Championships in Invercargill.
Since the Rio Olympics Bond has been focussing on road cycling and in particular the time trial event. This year he claimed a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and finished 26th at the World Championships but as he looks towards the Tokyo 2020 Games Bond decided to give track cycling a go.
1 NEWS caught up with the cyclist last week at the Cambridge velodrome and he was already happy with his progress but even he was surprised by his performance on Saturday.
"It's a good start point" the high achieving athlete told 1 NEWS.
Cycling New Zealand High Performance Director Martin Barras revealed to 1 NEWS it was unlikely Bond would be ready to compete at the World Cup in Cambridge next month but his performance at the weekend would surely strengthen the case to add him to the team.