Relishing the ride to national title

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Tim Rush is walking _ well, riding _ proof of the theory that even the greatest sporting achievement comes back to the No 1 reason for being involved.
Tim Rush is walking _ well, riding _ proof of the theory that even the greatest sporting achievement comes back to the No 1 reason for being involved.

Tim Rush is walking _ well, riding _ proof of the theory that even the greatest sporting achievement comes back to the No 1 reason for being involved.
It’s about having fun.
Rush, the 25-year-old North Otago cyclist, continued his excellent season by riding to a national title at the New Zealand club championships near Alexandra at the weekend.
He claimed senior honours in the 140km road race, having earlier in the week won bronze in the time trial.
It came just a couple of weeks after Rush showed his skills on different tyres by winning the Naseby 12-hour mountain-biking title.
“I’m chopping and changing a bit and it’s been fun,” Rush told the Oamaru Mail.
“I’m just enjoying my riding, really. I’m doing what I want, when I want.”Rush laughed when asked if he would now turn his attention to track cycling.
“Yeah, I don’t think so.”It was a long day in the saddle for riders at the national club championships as they tackled seven laps of a 20km loop on the Clyde to Ranfurly road.
Rush said the rolling course was hard going thanks to the rough surface, regular climbs and a nor’wester that kept getting stronger.
After four laps, he and two other riders were chasing the three leaders of the race, before Rush broke off on his own and hauled in the other riders with plenty of road to spare to win the senior title.
“It’s a nice feeling _ probably just a bit of relief, really.
“It’s been a while to get here. There wasn’t the top competition from the North Island I was expecting but I’ll take it.”Rush finished in 3hr 46min 25sec, about two minutes behind young Gisborne rider Callum Gordon, who claimed under-23 and overall honours.
Other North Otago riders performed well.
Kris Rush, brother of Tim, was eighth overall in the men’s road race, Sarah Boys was a creditable 12th in her first attempt at the senior women’s event, and Jesse Young was 11th in the under-19 time trial.
Tyler Cunningham was 16th in the road race after a sprint finish _ he was unlucky not to place higher as a crash in front of him put him out of contention just 400m from the line _ and 35th in the time trial.
Masters riders Adair Craik and David Rush were seventh and 11th in their categories respectively.