The Swart Brothers, Jack and Stephen

New Zealand Cycling Legends 08

From the 1970s to the 1990s, one name dominated the New Zealand cycling world: Swart


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“I knew it had to end at some point, but
it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,”
– Jack Swart

Jack Swart shaped racing domestically for over a decade, while
younger brother Stephen raced at the highest level on the roads
of America and Europe during cycling’s most controversial era.
From digging house foundations to smashing the New Zealand
hour record, milking in Morrinsville to competing in the Tour de
France, this is an inspiring story about two legendary Kiwi cyclists.

“I could have said nothing…
but that wouldn’t have helped the sport.”
– Stephen Swart

About the Author

As a full-time freelance cycling journalist, event MC and media liaison, Russell Jones keeps one eye on the racing scene while continuing his love for riding on the Waikato’s endless country roads.

He has contributed articles and photography to local and international publications including: New Zealand Herald, Television New Zealand, Treadlie, Conquista, New Zealand Cycling Journal and New Zealand Road Cyclist.

“An engrossing and thoroughly researched account of the careers
of perhaps New Zealand cycling’s most accomplished brothers.”
– Phil Taylor, The NZ Herald


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