Cyclist on track to success

16:00, Mar 04 2014
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GOING STRONG: Greg Potter heading for gold at the Auckland track champs.

Greg Potter is on track to achieve his cycling dreams.

The 18-year-old Remuera cyclist took home the open men's sprint title at the Auckland Track Cycling Championships in February.

He is now gearing up for nationals next week and has high hopes for the competition.

The former Auckland Grammar student says he is peaking at the right time.

Winning at the Auckland champs meant all of his hard work in the last five years has paid off, Potter says.

"It was just an awesome feeling to finally be at the top of the podium. I've been competing in track champs for a while and it's the first gold medal for me. Getting to that top step was amazing."


Potter started cycling in 2008 because his older brother was a track cyclist and he thought it looked like fun.

"It's the speed and the rush. It's such a good feeling when you're going 70 kilometres an hour around the track. It's exhilarating."

The track champ is heading to Auckland University this year to study law and commerce and says it could be tough to keep up his training hours while studying.

He currently trains about 14 hours a week at the gym or on the track. He is also in the Auckland track cycling team.

But the hard yards will be worth it if he makes it to the top, he says.

"My real dream is to make the New Zealand team and represent my country at a world class level. Imagine going to the Olympics - wow."

His father Giles Potter says his dedication and hard work is paying off. "He's always been a real sprinter, even in his other sports when he was younger like soccer or rugby. He was always playing in positions where sprinting was key. And now in cycling his sprinting ability and hard work is really working in his favour."

East And Bays Courier