Gold for O'Shea at national track titles

BENDIGO cyclist Glenn O’Shea yesterday made a winning start to the Australian Cycling Track National Championships by winning the elite men’s 1000m time trial in Sydney.

O’Shea won in a time of 1:02.982, leading at every time check over the four laps.

The victory was O’Shea’s 12th national title as he beat South Australia’s Luke Davison (1:03.666) and Tim McMillan (1:03.901), who rounded out the minor placings.

“I am happy with my time. It wasn’t my best ride, but I think it’s the second best time I’ve ever ridden in that event, so I’m pretty happy with that,” O’Shea said after the win.

“It’s pretty satisfying to tick the kilo off the list. 

“It’s my goal over the next couple of years to have won all the endurance events.”

O’Shea – a dual winner of the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN TV Sports Star of the Year – has the opportunity to add more gold at the national championships.

The 23-year-old will join Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Mike Scotson in the team pursuit, while he will also contest the points race.

“The team pursuit is a priority for us... it’s a pretty important event,” O’Shea said.

“We have all been training with the national squad, so we are well-drilled at the moment.

“Hopefully, we can come away with the win.”

Also competing on day one of the national championships yesterday was Bendigo teenager Braeden Dean, who contested the under-19 mens’s 1000m time trial.

Dean (1:05.791) finished second to Zac Shaw (1:03.637), who eclipsed his championship record, while Hugo Tolliday (1:06.405) was third.

The national titles are being held at Sydney’s Dunc Gray Velodrome until Saturday.

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