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Thursday, 02 February 2006

heath.blackgroveHeath Blackgrove

flag_us_sml.gifCountry: New Zealand

Height: 5'8'

Weight: 143 lbs

Date of Birth: 12/05/1980

Place of Birth: Oamaru, New Zealand

Residence: Waimate, South Canterbury, NZ

Pro Since: 2005

In his first season racing in the United States, Heath Blackgrove finished 2006 with five top three finishes, including the overall title at the San Dimas Stage Race and a Stage 1 win at the Central Valley Classic.  2007 was to be a breakthrough season for Blackgrove who won the Tour of Vinyards in his home country of New Zealand and was third place at his National Road Championships, but then he seriously injured his knee at the Amgen Tour of California in February.  After several months of rehab, he returned to racing with a vengeance and was able to help the team win several races including his own victory at Stage 6 of the Mt. Hood Classic.

A former Olympian and 12-time national champion, Blackgrove achieved his first big results in 1996 when he won New Zealand’s national under-17 time trial, a title he would claim in every age category from Junior Under-17 up to Elite. He is also one of a select group of cyclists who have won the New Zealand Elite Road Championship more than once, crossing the finish line first in 2003 and 2004.

In 2003, Blackgrove was also a member of the New Zealand Pursuit Team that took home Gold at the Sydney World Cup and took sixth place in the same event at the World Track Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. One of his greatest career achievements to date occurred in 2004, when he represented New Zealand in the road race and time trial at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

From an early age, Blackgrove was coached by Colin Ryan, a New Zealand sprinting legend who has remained a mentor throughout his career. He has also trained under respected Aussie track coach, Charlie Walsh, whom he credits for adding a new dimension to his training, focusing on bigger miles, strength and power and helping him make the jump to the pros.

An all-round cyclist and team player, Blackgrove is strongest on rolling to hilly terrain and in time trials. Before joining Toyota-United, his career was based overseas, racing for Belgian teams Beveren and Jartazi Ravor. Despite success in both the United States and in Europe, his favorite race is still the one that takes him home - the Tour of Southland. It is a six-day event run in the south of New Zealand and one of the only New Zealand races his schedule allows.

Team History
2006 – Present Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
2005 - Jartazi Revor (continental), Belgium
2003-2004 - Beveren 2000, Belgium (amateur)

1st, Denver Federal Center Circuit Race
1st, Texas Tough Grand Prix
1st, Newsday Classic
1st, Tobago Cycle Classic -Stage 3
1st, Tobago Cycle Classic - Overall
1st, Tobago Cycle Classic - KOM Winner
2nd, Overall GC Tour of the Vineyards
2nd, New Zealand National Road Championships
2nd, Haystack Mountain Time Trial
2nd, Boulder Road Race
2nd, Tobago Cycle Classic - Stage 2
3rd, Stages 1,2, and 3 Tour of the Vineyards
3rd, Central Valley Classic
3rd, Tobago Cycle Classic - Stage 5
4th, Sequoia Cycling Classic Time Trial

1st Overall, Tour of the Vineyards
1st, Stages 3 and 4, Tour of the Vineyards
1st, Stage 6, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic
2nd, Boulevard Road Race
2nd, Team Time Trial, International Tour de ‘Toona
2nd, Overall GC Tour of the Vineyards
3rd, Stages 1 and 2 Tour of the Vineyards
3rd, New Zealand National Championship Road Race

1st Overall, San Dimas Stage Race
1st Overall, Valencia Stage Race
1st, Stage 3, Valencia Stage Race
1st, Stage 1, Central Valley Classic
1st, New Zealand Track Nationals, Team Pursuit
1st, Stage 4, Tour de Vineyards, New Zealand
2nd Overall, Tour de Vineyards, New Zealand
2nd Overall, Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic
2nd, Stage 1, Valencia Stage Race
2nd, Stage 2, Valencia Stage Race
3rd, New Zealand Track Nationals, Madison
3rd, Stage 1, San Dimas Stage Race
3rd Overall, Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic
3rd, Stage 1, Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic
5th Overall, Redlands Classic
6th, Garrett Lemaire (Ojai, CA)

1st, Gistel, Belgium
2nd, Tour de Jura, Switzerland
2nd, Overall Le Triptyque des Monts au Chateaux, Belgium

2005 (Continued)
1st, Tour de Vineyards, 1st Stage 2 & 3
1st, Tour of Southland Teams Classification
2nd, Circuit des Plages Vendee, Chantonnay, France
3rd, Stage 3, Le Triptyque des Monts au Chateaux
1st Senior Elite Men Road Race, National Road Championship, Hokitika
1st Senior Elite Men Time Trial, National Road Championships, Hokitika
1st Bellegem, Kermese, Belgium
New Zealand Olympic Team, Road Race and Time Trial, Athens, Greece
1st Zonnebeke, Kermese, Belgium
1st, Ellezelles Kermese, Ellezelle, Belgium
1st, Prologue, Tour d'Emirates, Dubai, UAE
1st, Tour de Vineyards, Nelso, and 1st on Stage 2
1st, Peter Stevens Memorial Road Race, South Australia
2nd, Challenge de Hesbay-Trognee Road Race, Trognee, Belgium
2nd Overall and 1st in team classification, Tour d'Emirates, Dubai, UAE
3rd, Archer International Grand Prix Road Race, England
4th Westrozobeke Professional Kermese, Belgium
5th Overall Tour de Liege, 3rd Stage 4, 2nd Hill Classiment, Belgium
5th, Team Pursuit, Moscow World Cup, Moscow, Russia
10th, Tour of Wellington
11th, Team Pursuit, World Track Championships, Melbourne, Australia
Overall Leader for five days, Tour d'Emirates, Dubai, UAE
Four times second and third in stages, Powernet Tour of Southland

Other Notable Results
2002 - 1st Under 23 and 3rd overall GC - Powernet Tour of Southland
2003 - 1st Team Pursuit, World Cup Track meeting, Sydney, Australia
2003 - 1st Team Pursuit, World Cup Track meeting, Sydney, Australia
2003 - 1st Senior Elite Men Road Race, National Road Championships, Napier
2003 - 2nd Senior Elite Men Time Trial, National Road Championships, Napier
2003 - 6th Pursuit, World Track Championships, Stuttgart, Germany
2002 - New Zealand Road and Track Team, Commonwealth Games, Manchester
Nine other New Zealand National road and track titles, from U-17 to Senior Elite

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 September 2008 )
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