AFTER missing last year's BMX national championships in Perth, Bendigo's Jaclyn Wilson has regained her crown as Australia's queen of the track with a trio of title wins in Shepparton last weekend.
The 42-year-old took on and beat the younger riders in the 30-plus masters women's open wheel, and capped a fantastic weekend with successes in the women's 40-44 cruiser and 20-inch classes.
Her haul boosted the number of national titles wins for Wilson during her long, but on-and-off career in the sport to 21.
It was a triumphant weekend for Wilson, the winner of the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Award in 2012, who had set herself for a big performance in Shepparton from the moment she missed the 2018 BMX Australian National Championships in Perth.
"These three titles are right up there with my best, I don't think I've ever trained harder for the nationals than I did this time," she said.
"I put so much training in, and so many different types of training, and I was having to have a massage once a week just to keep my legs going for the next week so I could do more training.
"But it's all been worthwhile."
Wilson bypassed last year's championships in Perth, opting to head on an overseas trip to Israel and Turkey.
The mother of two sons - Aston and Carter - was most proud of her 30-plus masters open wheel, which came against a host of younger riders, including Australia's number-two ranked woman from Perth.
"I wasn't confident I'd win that category. I qualified third for the final, which is not where I wanted to qualify," Wilson said.
"I ended up (starting) on the outside of the fastest qualifier, which puts you at a disadvantage as it is hard to get across.
"I knew as soon as I heard those (starting) beeps, I needed to get out of that gate and get across to the lead to win the race and that's what I did.
"I still can't sleep I am that excited - it still hasn't sunk in."
These three titles are right up there with my best, I don't think I've ever trained harder for the nationals than I did this time.Jaclyn Wilson
Wilson, a four-time world champion, started competing in BMX as a four-year-old in 1981, and won the first of her national titles at nine.
She won dual cruiser and 20-inch titles at her last appearance at the nationals in 2017, run at Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane.
Wilson will not contest the world championships in Belgium in July, but will instead tie-the-knot with partner Rodney Robbins.
She plans to defend her titles at next year's championships, granted another strong preparation.
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