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Competitive Cyclist Uses Reiki to Get Back on Track

Posted: July 21, 2009

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Roulston continues, "I had another treatment, but what is amazing is that Julie was still learning about Reiki herself and the energy she has, which is super powerful. I was totally sold after that—it blew me away to see her response: her hands were shaking and she was sweating from taking the bad energy out of my body."

Regular Reiki sessions saw Roulston improve so much that he returned to competition, and ended up standing on the podium in Beijing after winning silver in the individual pursuit , and bronze in the team pursuit. But a return to the Tour de France was his ultimate ambition so when Cervelo, with 2008 winner Carlos Sastre as their leader, offered him a contract last September, he jumped at it. "Going from having to retire from the sport to come back and get both Olympic success and be back in the pros again has been incredible," he said. "It's hard for a New Zealander, or anyone outside of Europe, to get a shot at the pros, but I am very lucky to get a second chance. It was only nine months ago I was at (New Zealand's) Tour of Southland questioning whether I could win that race. Now I am at the Tour de France and fighting for a stage win a few days ago."

He finished third on Saturday's stage behind Katusha's Sergei Ivanov after the Russian made a stage-winning breakaway move 11 kilometres out to hold off Ireland's Nicolas Roche, who came second, just ahead of Roulston. "It was a great achievement, I was initially disappointed and I still fully believe I can win a stage, but third is pretty good," he said.

As a domestique, Roulston's role is to give support to Cervelo's leaders Sastre and Thor Hushovd. "My job is to support our two leaders whenever they need it, whether it is to try and lead out or get water bottles," he said.

But with a new lease of life and a second chance at Tour glory, Roulston refuses to waste a single opportunity. "I am just beginning now, this time I will use all my potential," he said having now studied and become qualified in Reiki. "I have changed, it has fully changed my attitude to life; everything happens for a reason.