Date: Saturday, 29 May 2010
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Velodrome workout was worth the pain: Nathan Burdon

The Southland Times team had its second training session for the Corporate Pursuit this week.

In case you are unaware, the Harrex Group-sponsored event is a business house cycling competition involving four-person teams.

They ride an Italian pursuit-style race in which two teams race against each other, with one rider dropping off after each lap.

I missed our first training session because my wife had gone into labour, and have had a dose of the bot since then so was a bit anxious about lapping it out a the velodrome this week.

With good reason.  After a series of efforts my legs were all but gone.

It’s been a while since I went so hard I thought I was going to puke, but despite the pain involved it’s also great fun.

I’ve resolved to be a little more circumspect about thrusting a microphone under Eddie Dawkins’ nose after he’s done a kilo.  Only a little, mind.

Given this is the first year the Times has entered a team we are treating it as a development year.  Next year will be the next phase and we’ll look to unleash in the third year, much like the Highlanders.

For more on the Harrex Group Corporate Pursuit, click here.

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