Marc Ryan, the most experienced track cyclist of New Zealand, has declared his retirement from this sport.
The thirty-three year old man from Timaru believes that this is the right time, with complete confidence in the depth of talent among the bunch of young riders he believes are best equipped for Rio Olympics. Marc has been a fixture in the team pursuit squad of men for fourteen years, securing 3 Olympic Games, winning bronze in Beijing in the year 2008 as well as London in the year 2012.
He has won 4 championship medals in team pursuit, along with bronze medals in Poland in the year 2009, Melbourne in the year 2012 and Cali, Colombia in the year 2014, before gold medal as well as rainbow jersey in Paris previous year.
On Wednesday, in a statement, he told that this has been a huge decision but he feels like that this is the right time. Actually, he has attempted to retire two times before, after London and then after Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but he was enticed back, both as a rider and to mentor the younger guys. Rio is knocking on the door, but he could not go through another campaign and miss out on the final team. He could not bear doing the work and going to Rio but letting these young guys down.
He added that the nature of team pursuit has changed a lot in recent times and it no longer suits him. He is an old fashioned player who prefers to do a whole lot of road racing to get his fitness for the track.