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Ruaraidh McLeod – Lots of Time in the Gutter!


For 2009, our ‘Kiwi discovery’ was Jack Bauer – who will it be this year? Clinton Avery ? Or this man, who has a great Scottish name, but is also from the land of the long white cloud; Ruaraidh McLeod.

Ruaraidh McLeod
One man and his dog.

Give us a little background – age, where from in NZ, what did you ride back home?

“Well, my name is Ruaraidh Mor McLeod.

“I’m from a small village called Governors Bay its on the Banks Peninsula, which is 10kms out of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand.

“I first started riding for recuperation after a football injury when I was about 14. From there I have raced on both the road and the track, I would say my best result on the road would be winning the National U17 road race title and the New Zealand U19 selection Tour.

“And the track would be at last year’s Junior world Track Champs in Moscow, where I placed 4th in the Individual Pursuit also the year before where I got a 3rd in the Team Pursuit.”

Why Belgium?

“I see it as the hub of cycling, there are so many races of such good fields and you don’t get that in New Zealand.

“I wanted to come to Europe and race. And for me this year, Belgium is the best option.”

How did you get your team?

“My coach Terry Gyde really kicked it all off, he has been very busy working with Allan Peiper, Andrew McQuaid and a few others to set me up this year.

“In the end Team Isorex from Belgium was the best option. There were a few teams in France, but they said towing a new man