Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teenage Star on the Rise

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teenage Star on the Rise

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Byline: Grant Edwards

THREE years ago, riding a bike usually involved a motor for Kaden Groves. Today he's the saddle for the St George Continental Cycling Team competing in China's 12-stage Tour of Poyang Lake.

After a motorcycle accident just over two years ago, Groves was introduced to the sport when he climbed aboard a spin bike as part of his knee injury recovery.

His first race was with Sunshine Coast Cycling Club on March 22 in 2015.

Since then the 18-year-old has become a powerhouse.

Groves won last year's under-19 road race national championship at Canberra, and after finishing Year 12 at Gympie has moved to Maroochydore with a pure cycling focus.

Having previously trained under Noosa coach Ron Boyle, Groves is now "doing my own thing" and riding with fellow rising star Ryan Cavanagh.

His new approach has paid dividends and the youngster was in white-hot form ahead heading for China.

In his home town, Groves claimed victory in all three stages of the Queensland Road Teams Series. He also won the elite Queensland individual time trial just weeks before at North Stradbroke Island.

Groves's parents are supporting him as he takes a serious tilt at the sport, which he attributes to his most recent success. "There's no secret really. Just big weeks on the bike," he said.

"I do around 16-20 hour weeks which is between 500-700km."

"It's been a big jump but it's really good. I have been training hard. It helps being full time, you have time to recover."

Since last year's national title it has been a steep learning curve.

Riding the Tour of Poyang Lake last year saw Groves exposed to a big stage race.

That event led to him being approached by St George, a club regarded as one of the nation's most successful, laying claim to having produced more than 100 national representatives. …

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