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COMMONWEALTH gold medal cyclist Glen Thomson has decided to call time on his shop – Cycle Surgery.

Thomson, who won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the Men’s 40km points race, has owned and operated the Cycle Surgery on Invercargill’s Tay St for the past 14 years.

A post on the shop’s Facebook page read: “After 14 years of business we are moving on, we would like to thank all our loyal customers and supporters over this time, we have made some life-long friends and treasured memories, but don’t worry we are not going far!”

According to the post, Mr Thomson has been appointed Development and Events co-ordinator for Cycling Southland, “which he is super excited about and of course still involves riding”.

Cycling Southland general manager Nicola Wills confirmed the appointment.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have him on board. It is great to have someone like Glen with his background and knowledge with us.”

Mr Thomson said he considered himself “pretty lucky” to have an opportunity to work for Cycling Southland.

“It’s a chance to do what I like doing. Cycling Southland have some awesome events.”

He said there would be “no real job losses” as he had a few people working for him, who had things lined up.

“We’ve had some brilliant staff working for us,” he said.

Mr Thomson said his new role at Cycling Southland would be more than simply being involved in the big racing events, and would include going to schools and being involved in youth events.

He said he also hoped he could help address the level of accidents between cars and cyclists.

While many fans were sad at hearing the news of the shop’s closure, many also believed he was the right man for the new job and wished him well.

“Sad to see you guys close, but good luck on the next adventure x Where will my husband hangout now????!!!!! lol,” Trina Morris wrote.

Pip Rogers wrote, “Sad but awesome new role! Good luck tomo.”

Cycle Surgery Invercargill was described as being one of the most southerly cycle shops in the world, but as Mr Thomson said, “Nothing lasts forever.” The shop closes tomorrow.

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