Myron Simpson is looking for a lucky break.
The 22-year-old cyclist, who will ride for PowerNet in this year's PowerNet Tour of Southland, has broken his collarbone three times.
The latest break was in March; a devastating blow which derailed his world championship plans.
A similar situation occurred in 2011, but this year's accident put paid to his hopes of riding at the Olympic Games as well.
But the cycling star has put all that to one side and, after a successful road season in Europe which included joining the New Zealand Olympic team in its buildup to London 2012, is home and ready for his third Tour of Southland.
"I got back to New Zealand in September, had about three weeks off the bike, then got back into it to get into shape for the PowerNet Tour of Southland," he said.
"The team is looking great. We've replaced Josh Atkins [last year's tour winner] with Heath Blackgrove, who has won the tour before, so it's going to be awesome riding with him and learning from him. He knows this race pretty well.
"It would be good to win a stage, but it's always a cool feeling when someone in the team gets a result and we'll be riding hard for each other."
Despite his less than auspicious start to the year, Simpson has come back from injury with the tenacity that defines him. Within a week of surgery on his broken collarbone, he was back training - on an "erg" rather than his usual bike, but training nevertheless.
He still managed some good racing in Europe, which included a top-10 finish in the Tour de Pays de Savoie in the French Alps, and gained valuable experience training with the BikeNZ Olympic Games squad.
Now, his focus is firmly on the Tour of Southland, where he will be part of a strong PowerNet team that includes Blackgrove, Olympic cyclist Shane Archbold, Tom Scully, Cam Karwowski and Ryan Wills.
Simpson is coy about making tour predictions and, while he would obviously like a good result for PowerNet, he admits the competition is strong.
"You never know. We really want to go well, but there is Bissell Pro Cycling who will have good riders, Calder Stewart always has a good team, and there are guys like Gordy McCauley who will race hard," he said.
"People come out of the woodwork."
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