Mullet to benefit charity
Archbold's days as The Flying Mullet numberedSTU PIDDINGTON
How much should Shane Archbold losing his mullet for charity fetch?
It was a hairdo that had the cycling commentators talking at the London Olympic velodrome and seemed to have a nation divided.
Shane Archbold's mullet wasn't something that endeared him to everyone, but he is finally going to get his trademark style chopped off for charity.
After the Tour of Southland the 23-year-old will lose his mullet for the Child Cancer Foundation.
The amiable Archbold, dubbed "The Flying Mullet", said he was happy to lose it for such a good cause.
He has also been motivated by his close association with child cancer survivor Tim Leonard and his family in Timaru.
The campaign to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation will adopt Archbold's nickname, and he's hoping it will net the foundation plenty of financial support.
"Tim's father races and now Tim is racing himself, which is awesome," Archbold said.
"I made the decision to do the PowerNet Tour of Southland on the same day I decided to cut my mullet off in support of the Child Cancer Foundation.
"I don't like doing things by halves, so I'm hoping both are going to go really well."
Leonard, a 15-year-old student at Roncalli College, said he always admired Archbold and was delighted when he heard the proceeds would go to the Child Cancer Foundation.
"Shane always helps me, he is cool."
Before finishing seventh in the omnium at the Olympics, Archbold said his hair style amused the European riders.
"It was not very fashionable over there in Belgium and France so I get a lot of stares but you get used to it."
Archbold's look came after a bet with 2008 Olympic silver medallist Hayden Roulston and Timaru's Nathan Dickson to let it grow for a year. Not one to be easily beaten, he won the bet, cut it off but then missed it so much he grew it again.
"Rolly (Roulston) and Chops (Dickson) haven't paid up yet so I hope they will do the decent thing now it's for charity."
Archbold will get a chance to remind Roulston when he also competes in the tour which starts on Sunday, October 28.
He is part of the strong-looking PowerNet team, who are defending champions.
While Josh Atkins won't be back to defend the title, former winner Heath Blackgrove (originally from Waimate) will spearhead the team after a successful season racing professionally in America.
■ Donations to support the Flying Mullet campaign in support of the Child Cancer Foundation can be made at http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/ShaneArchbold-TheFlyingMullet
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