Welsh and Vernon win national cycling titles
SOUTH Gippsland has not one but two para-cycling road champions after Alex Welsh and Beau Vernon won their categories at the 2016 Para-Cycling National Championships in Adelaide on the weekend.
Arawata’s Welsh said he was “stoked” to have once again claimed the title of Australian H3 time trial champion when he raced the 18.5km track on Saturday.
Defending his 2015 title, Welsh’s Saturday race saw him compete with a time of 30 minutes and 24 seconds for the H3 category.
“I beat my opposition by 2.6 seconds, I just did the best I could,” he said.
Welsh achieved further success on Sunday when he won the H3 class of the 50km road race.
“There were six handbikes in the combined classes and due to the tough hilly course most of us got split up pretty quickly, which meant a long solo ride for me,” Welsh said.
“I was glad to be ahead of my competition. The road race is something I would definitely like to improve on. I am always going to be hard on myself.”
“I was fourth overall and it is something I’m going to work hard to improve in the future. But I am still stoked to be in the green and gold for another year.”
“It is time to reassess my goals for my next cycling challenge to work towards,” he said.
At his debut National’s, Leongatha Football Club coach Beau Vernon achieved success in both the road race and the time trial in the handbike H1 category.
Vernon took out the national title in his class when he managed to finish the two lap 12.3km time trial in 36 minutes and 34 seconds on Saturday.
Sunday saw Vernon take another title when he won the 24.8km road race with a time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.
The championship provided an opportunity for riders to impress selection panels ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralymic Games, from September 7-18.
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