Cyclist on the rise

BUDDING local champion cyclist Tom McFarlane will compete at the national titles at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney in three weeks time.

Future a ride away: Tom McFarlane with his new bicycle preparing for the national titles.

Future a ride away: Tom McFarlane with his new bicycle preparing for the national titles.

At the qualifying state titles Tom achieved personal bests in all of his timed events.
“I was happy with it,” he said.
Tom finds his motivation is highly events driven.
“It is great to have the national titles to work towards.”
To gain an edge on his competitors Tom trains two nights a week at the Leongatha velodrome with his coach, is back at the velodrome for club racing on Friday night and usually competes in an event in Melbourne of a weekend.
Training often involves building strength by riding with bigger gear, and to increase his core strength Tom has been doing weights with Louise Letson in Mirboo North.
Tom is doing Year 10 at the Leongatha Secondary College and says his cycling aspirations actually make him work harder at school.
As his mother Maree said, “Family first, then school, then cycling.”
“School is very supportive,” said Tom. “They get it.”
Asked whose footsteps he would most like to follow Tom nominates Simon Clarke as another Victorian cyclist who is really inspiring.
“It would be pretty cool to do what he is doing,” he said.
Of the prospects the future holds, via the stepping stone of the Junior Worlds which he can enter as an U19 in a few short years time, Tom is excited by the prospect of the Commonwealth Games on Australian soil on the Gold Coast in 2016, and the even larger arena of the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Tom is equally enticed by road racing though and the romance of the Tour de France.
But Tom is not one to have his head in the clouds or all of his eggs in the one basket as he is looking forward to doing his work experience this year in graphic design.

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