Track Cycling

Shepparton Cycling Club members off to nationals after impressive performances at state championships – Shepparton News

Shepparton Cycling Club members came home from the Victorian Track Cycling Championships with four titles, an Australian record and a world record.

Jack Edwards and Rhianon and Brad Norton represented the club at the event and it was the youngest member of the trio that firstly stole the show.

Edwards added to his trophy cabinet, winning four state titles, including gold medals in the 500m time trial in a time of 37.020 and the individual pursuit in the men’s under-15 competition.

Nationals-bound: Jack Edwards with his gold medal.

Not to be outdone were the Nortons, with Rhianon claiming an Australian record in the women’s 2km individual pursuit, while Brad broke the world record in the men’s 3000m pursuit by two seconds.

Brad’s effort was even more impressive as the previous record was set at altitude, compared to his effort at sea level.

“It is very satisfying to break an altitude record at sea level,” he said.

“A lot of hard work and planning went into it.

“I am very happy to have achieved a goal that I’ve set.”

World record breaker: Brad Norton set a world record in the individual pursuit. Photo: Mark Geary – @ogaram on Instagram.

Rhianon said she got caught behind another rider, which stopped her from breaking a world record herself.

“I am glad to have been able to get a PB on the weekend, giving me the Australian record,” she said.

“Although, it’s not quite what I was hoping for.

“I had to pass a rider who was sitting high on the track, which made it take far longer.

“I traveled further distance, which meant I missed the world record time by one second.

“But it’s lit the fire in the belly and I’m looking to absolutely rip into it in two weeks’ time at nationals.”

Australian record: Rhianon Norton got caught behind a fellow rider, meaning she missed out on her own world record in the individual pursuit. Photo: Mark Geary – @ogaram on Instagram.

Edwards will join the Nortons at the nationals after he was selected in the Victorian Track Cycling team after his impressive performances.

“He is a rising star for sure — a natural talent,” the Nortons said of Edwards, who they coach.

“He hasn’t been racing for very long.

“Jack really takes on board our advice and coaching and applies it to his racing.

“On the weekend, he executed everything we had talked about.

“It’s really exciting to see him show up and take it to the other kids who have been racing for a long time.”

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