Cycling: Kiwi Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston returning to track

Four years after last riding for New Zealand on the track, Hayden Roulston's back. But this time, as a coach.

Roulston's been confirmed as part of a re-jigged endurance coaching line up for the elite programme and it's all in a bid to help the current squad achieve what he never could.

As a competitor, his dogged determination made him destined to succeed. Now he's hoping to instill that same hunger in the current group.

"I want to be on a pathway where I can learn and develop," Roulston told Newshub. "So that one day, I can coach this elite team to an Olympic gold medal."

To do that, Roulston must develop riders capable of winning at the highest level and he knows first-hand what it takes to get there, having won a silver and a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.

Now he wants to help New Zealand achieve what he couldn't - Olympic gold.

"That's where the fire burns the most, that I didn't quite get there… I really believe these guys can."

After a rocky 12 months that saw former coach Anthony Peden out the door and a negative culture exposed, stability will be a major factor for Roulston.

"Whenever there's change, the riders start to lose a bit of faith. They lose trust in the programme

Roulston is now solely focused on a group of riders who have proven they have what it takes to beat the best.

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