Jenkin gets that big golden grin
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE cyclist Matt Jenkin had a grin from ear to ear after winning a gold medal at the Cycling Queensland State Titles in Brisbane on Monday.
Jenkin produced a strong sprint finish to win the top prize in the 35 strong masters division field.
A regular road rider, Jenkin proved he can perform well on the track, winning the criterion (lap) event by more than three metres.
The win was a source of great pride for the harbour city rider who not only battled the course, but also a number of metropolitan riders.
"I didn't expect it and considering it was my first ever state medal, there was no doubt the victory tasted very sweet,'' Jenkin said.
"It was a pretty hard race, I had to hang in there against the city riders who work together and make it tough for the country riders.''
Using a smart racing strategy, Jenkin rode hard to get into third wheel before pulling out an unexpected sprint to win.
"I was very happy with the way I rode the race, I got the perfect trip towards the finish line and held on which was great,'' he said.
Jenkin was happy to upset the city riders and is enjoying being a state champion.
"It's great to be the king for a year, especially with all those Brisbane riders and you have to show some dominance in the race. "I love teaching Brisbane riders a lesson in sprinting and I will be back next year to have another go,'' he said.