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HEN Te Anau’s last cycling
stars Marcus Roy and Ashleigh
Whitehead were representing
their country Logan Edgar decided
that’s what he wanted to do too.
There was no competitive cycling history in his
family, not even a large base of cyclists in the
area, but he had heard them talk of living and
riding in Europe and their dream became his.
“They got me hooked,” he said.
He used to tag along with mountain bike training
groups but when he realised they were avoiding
going out with him because he was too slow it
was all the incentive he needed to prove them all
And he did.
About 10 days ago, the 17-year-old Fiordland
College deputy head boy got the call-up of
a lifetime – selection in the New Zealand
Under-19 men’s team to contest the Oceania
Championships in Australia.
And he said no.
With the focused, clear and rational thinking that
has seen him get to the top of his sport, Logan
assessed the cost of the trip versus the chance
that he might get picked later this year for either
the Nations Cup in Canada or the Junior World
Championships in Russia, or both. Clearly he
wouldn’t be able to afford to do them all – team
members have to raise their own travel funds
plus contribute towards the team mechanics and
coaches. So he took a punt that if he continued
to work hard he’d still be a contender when the
next opportunity came up.
There was another factor at play. Logan was due
to ride at the Southland track championships in
Invercargill this week and didn’t want to let his
His team, however, thought he was mad and told
him he’d be making a big mistake if he turned
down the opportunity to ride for New Zealand.
Others also thought he was doing himself an
injustice – Fiordland College deputy principal
Shaun Cantwell and Illeana Taylor, of the Alpine
View Motel, key among them. The pair got to
work on the phone and within two hours had
secured funding support towards the $3000
needed for him to get to Australia.
They rang him with the news that local
businesses and service clubs had pledged
almost all of the money.
“I’ve just been overwhelmed by the support,” he
said. “That just pretty much got me fired up.”
He called the team officials and accepted the
selection and on Tuesday flew out, wearing the
New Zealand uniform for the first time.
Meeting Logan, it’s not hard to see how he has
achieved the seemingly impossible. His voice is
rich with passion when he talks about the sport
he so clearly loves. But his eyes give away the
steely grit and hard work needed to succeed –
the quality that separates winners from losers.
From the early days when he idolised
Whitehouse and Roy but couldn’t keep
up with the mountain bikers, Logan was
determined to always go faster.
“Every training ride was with the goal of
riding for New Zealand – following in their
footsteps; wearing the fern,” he said.
For the past three years cycling has been
his life. He doesn’t watch television,
homework is fitted around training and
later this year he’ll turn 18 but don’t
expect to see him at the pub.
His resolve to be the best is a constant
struggle between body and mind – his
body telling him to stop and his mind
forcing him to keep working.
Last year his obsession almost proved
too much when his weight fell to
“I was making it harder for myself
than it had to be.”
He was riding 800km a week and,
in the thick of winter when cars
were avoiding icy roads, Logan was
still out there pedalling – even if
just the 40km to school, often
when it was still dark.
Fortunately he realised in time that he didn’t
necessarily have to go further – just faster.
Living in Fiordland means his training is mostly
alone, with few chances to train with his team.
Every Wednesday night he travels to Invercargill
to race, which is also how he spends most
Over New Year he took on the four-day Tour de
Vineyards around Marlborough and this year
plans to ride the gruelling Tour of Southland.
“It gets me excited just thinking about it,” he
said, revealing that he has his sights set on a big
hometown finish when the tour rolls into Te Anau.
He also hopes to make a strong showing on the
Blackmount Hill which is his regular training
With a strong power to weight ratio, Logan is also
hoping his Fiordland training will stand him in
good stead for the Oceania champs at Geelong
“If there’s hills in there I’ll be in my element.”
The 40km time trial was due to be held yesterday
and the 140km road race tomorrow.
Logan said he was humbled by the support from
the Te Anau community that had enabled him to
get to Australia.
Illeana Taylor said she had no difficulty at all in
raising the money.
Hot on the wheels of cycling stars
“He’s a committed, disciplined
cyclist and it’s not often that we get
Fiordland people representing New
He had a bright future ahead of him
and, subsequently, more expenses,
which was why she had volunteered
to co-ordinate the fundraising effort
and was happy to continue doing
Dogged determination and sheer hard work has earned Te Anau’s Logan
Edgar a place in New Zealand’s Under-19 men’s road cycling team to
compete in the Oceania Championships in Australia this week. It’s been
his dream to wear the silver fern since he first took up the sport. So why
did he almost turn it down?
so. Anything raised in excess of
the cost of this trip would be put
towards Logan’s future cycling
expenses, she said.
Anyone wanting to donate to the
fund could contact Mrs Taylor at
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