Gladstone cyclist Michael England is ready to take on the nation?s best at Mooloolaba.
Gladstone cyclist Michael England is ready to take on the nation?s best at Mooloolaba.

England aims for titles

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE cyclist Michael England enhanced his preparations for next week's National Road Cycling Championships with an outstanding ride in Rockhampton on Saturday.

England took out the Rockhampton Cycling Club road race championship with an impressive victory in the 88km event, coasting away over the final 10km of the event to leave the pack trailing.

The 22-year-old, the youngest in the field on Saturday, will also compete in Maryborough this weekend before departing for the national championships in Mooloolaba where he will contest the time trials on Thursday and 143km road race next Saturday.

Although England competed at the 1999 nationals while still at high school, he is treating next week's Mooloolaba event as a first.

'I haven't really raced any of these guys at all, so it's like a first time for me,' England said yesterday.

England, a triathlete of much promise, said he was having difficulty deciding between his triathlon and cycling career with the demands of both proving difficult to juggle but would not make a decision until the end of the year.

Among the other Gladstone competitors to contest the event was super-fit 76-year-old Brian Haydon, the oldest competitor in the field, who finish third in C grade.

Mick Young continued his progress towards a C grade berth by finishing third in D grade while Adam Sykes finished sixth in the same division despite limited preparation.



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