Mag spins article on Leschyshyn

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

The NHL lockout hasn't been a waste of time for Senators defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn.

As reported by the Sun last fall, Leschyshyn, 35, has taken up bike racing to help kill time during the lockout, but he's hit the big time after being the subject of a feature article in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated called "Changing Gears."

"It was pretty neat to get featured in that magazine. Cycling is a sport that I love," said Leschyshyn from his Littleton, Col. home.

Leschyshyn, who told the magazine he's in the best shape of his career, has been part of a competitive cycling circuit near Denver and will compete in the Colorado State Time Trial next month.

Not only does the story talk about Leschyshyn's accomplishments in the sport, it's complete with a photo of him standing in the Rocky Mountains. Leschyshyn has a close friend who shoots for the magazine.

"Cycling has satisfied my appetite for being competitive," Leschyshyn told SI. "I'm more nervous before a race than before a hockey game."

While Leschyshyn has been recruited by cycling teams, there's no sense joining anybody until he can commit to the sport on a full-time basis. He plans to continue his hockey career next season if the lockout gets settled. The magazine says he bikes nearly 500 km per week -- including one 130-km session.

"When I retire from the NHL, I'd like to race," Leschyshyn said in the interview. "You can compete until you can't walk anymore. That's what I like about it."


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