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John Leath

What event are your training for and what is your goal?
Coast to Coast 1 Day. Goal is to Podium in the Classic Category. But while I am at it, I have set some more goals for the next few years as well…. 2021 win Vintage Category 2022 have crack at winning 2 day Vintage Category
What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?
It’s been 16 years since I have been at the start line for Coast and that was with only 7 weeks of training. This year I have put in the proper training and I know I can do it.
What is your background and how did you get into your sport?
Background is in kayaking and boxing…I used to be an outdoor instructor and spent heaps of time on the river. As far as MultipSport, I kinda fell into it and I am enjoying the other two sports more and more.
What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
Training missions in the Hills that simulate race conditions are just awesome. I’m enjoying getting on the roads around where I live.
Because I got a nice new bike!
What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
Can’t beat a day out in the Rakaia area or Stavely Hills.
Who is your inspiration?
Love giving and getting inspiration from the people that I train with. We all have the capacity to push people on to be better and we all have something to give. My mate Keith is as well. He lost his wife last year and still showed up to race Coast.
Who is your biggest fan?
I am the biggest fan of Steve Gurney. After all these years of racing, his passion and enthusiasm for his sport still shines through.
Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
Feel the fear the do it anyway!
What is your favourite recovery food?
Anything in a bakery….I used to be a pie guy as I am on the road a lot, but I have recently made the switch to chicken rolls. Also, you just can’t go wrong with Barkers Lime and Elderberry with Soda Water, that is super refreshing!