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34-Year-Old Pro Cyclist From New Zealand Set to Bid Farewell to His Professional Career After 20 Years

34-Year-Old Pro Cyclist From New Zealand Set to Bid Farewell to His Professional Career After 20 Years

34-year-old Shane Archbold announced his retirement from professional cycling after spending almost a decade in the sport. Archbold is one of the most versatile and distinguished riders in the modern era. However, every professional athlete has to call it a day sooner or later.

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Archbold won a lot of medals in his cycling days and has a fantastic career record. The 34-year-old will race for the last time in China at the Bora Hansgrohe. Hopefully, he can finish his career on a winning note and win his last race.

Shane Archbold- A man of many medals

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Shane Archbold is a Commonwealth Games Medalist on the track. He is also a London Olympian and a World Tour Rider. The rider first came into the limelight at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. He also won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championship. However, after winning the gold medal, he booked his spot in the London 2012 Olympics. The cyclist was also famous for his unique ‘flying mullet’ hairstyle.

While speaking to rnz.co , Shane shared his share of emotions, “As they say all good things have to come to an end. After 20 years of dream chasing and nine years professional it’s time to pull the curtain down on my cycling career.”I have lived the best times and the worst. With some amazing people.”

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Shane was a star at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He won a gold medal at the scratch race and then set up his teammate for another gold medal. Also, he was part of the team Pursuit which won the Bronze Medal.

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However, in the same race, he rode brilliantly on a wet surface to set up Jack Bauer for the silver medal. One of New Zealand’s finest, Graham Hunn shared his thoughts on Shane.

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“We know him for his lavish mullet that he is so proud of, and his outstanding humour. But he is also a very smart and seriously competitive cyclist with a sharp mind for the sport. We wish him well and sure he is a bright future in our sport off the bike.”

Beginning of a new chapter

Archbold will start a new chapter of his life after his retirement. At 34, he is very young and will look to contribute to cycling. However, his concrete plans after retirement are still unclear. The South Canterbury rider should be proud of his achievements in the cycling field.

He also participated in the Tour De France during the year 2016 and 2020. Hopefully, with the experience he has, he can contribute towards the betterment of cycling. What career options should he take up after retirement? Let us know about your suggestions in the comments below.

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