Hadyen Roulston's feats at Olympics, world championships and Commonwealth Games lift him almost to the top of the New Zealand cycling ladder. When his road riding, including in the Tour de France, and his record in national championships are added, his record takes some beating. 

Roulston, born in Ashburton in 1981, was a talented junior track and road rider. He competed for New Zealand on the track and rode on the road for a club team in France.

His first Commonwealth Games was at Manchester in 2002, when he was fifth in the individual pursuit and picked up a bronze in the team pursuit, with Greg Henderson, Lee Vertongen and Matthew Randall. He also contested the road race, finishing a highly creditable sixth.

The next year, he and Henderson took the silver medal in the madison behind the Swiss team of Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli at the 2003 world championships in Stuttgart.

Ralston turned professional and rode with the French team Cofidis in 2002. He remained with the team for two seasons before moving to Discovery Channel for 2005.

He swapped successfully between the road and the track throughout his career. In 2004, Roulston and Henderson finished seventh in a field of 18 in the Athens Olympic madison.

Two years later, he was second behind Australian Sean Finning in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 40km points race. He was also eighth in the individual pursuit at those games.

Roulston had some impressive rides with Discovery Channel, but suffered a run of injuries. He attempted to relaunch his professional road career in the United States when he signed for Continental Pro team HealthNet. However, in his first year at HealthNet a medical examination revealed irregular heart activity and he was advised to stop riding immediately, which he did.

Back home in New Zealand he experimented with some alternative remedies and was soon back riding – and winning. Without a contract but still eager to ride, he won the national road race title in 2006 and back-to-back Tour of Southland and Tour of Wellington titles in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to his road racing, he returned to the track and shone at the New Zealand and Oceania track championships.

Roulston was outstanding in 2008, all the more remarkable considering his serious health woes in the preceding years. He had been on the point of walking away from the sport on medical advice.

In 2008, he set the fastest time ever by a New Zealander while finishing fourth in the individual pursuit at the world championships in Manchester, and was also fourth in the team pursuit. He and Henderson were ninth in the madison.

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