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Wgtn man a cyclo-cross star
By MARY BAINES
Riding high: Alex Revell has made a big impression on the European cyclo-cross scene.
A Wilton man who moved to
Belgium last year to pursue his
dream of a career in cyclo-cross
will represent New Zealand at the
world championships next month.
Alex Revell, 27, now lives in the
East Flanders city of Oudenaarde.
He said he decided to move to
Belgium because there wasn't
anywhere else with the same
It's a very popular sport here.
Thousands of fans turn up to the
races and they are widely broad-
cast on television,'' he said.
The fans and the people are so
passionate about it and it's such a
good culture to immerse yourself
in and learn.''
Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle
racing. Races last about one hour
and feature pavement, wooded
trails, grass and steep hills.
Riders sometimes have to carry
their bikes through mud and
There were few cyclo-cross rac-
ing events in New Zealand, he
said. But in Belgium he averaged
about six races a month and over
Christmas competed in eight
races in two weeks.
The competition was stiff, he
said. He was No 2 in New Zealand
and was now near the back'' in
Belgium, though he was working
his way up the ranks.
Revell didn't know anyone when
he moved to Oudenaarde in July.
But it didn't take long for Belgian
fans to take a liking to the New
Zealander, nicknaming him The
Moustache'' after his facial hair.
It's crazy and surreal having
people ask for your autograph. It's
the most unbelievable thing and I
didn't expect it.
The publicity has helped with
sponsorship and I have been able
to get a few new pieces of equip-
Although he has always had
something to do with bikes, it has
been only in the last few years he
has taken a real interest in them.
While he studied languages and
music at Victoria University,
Revell was a part-time cycle cour-
ier until he was hit by a car and
He had to take some time out,
so helped a friend at Revolution
Bikes in Wellington.
He needed help and I learnt
Eventually I was well enough
to do more riding and racing.''
Revell is training and fundrais-
ing for the world champs in Ken-
tucky on February 2 and 3.
boys a break 15
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