Gladstone cyclist leads the national pack
THE cycling prowess of Catriona Newell led her to medal at state and national level in 2013, but somehow the Gladstone athlete has found a way to better her performances to an astounding level in 2014.
Newell has become the leading cyclist in Australia for her age.
Racing in the Masters 2 Women's category, Newell returned from the Australian Championships crowned the best in the country as Champion of Champions following wins in the Time Trial, Road Race and a fourth place in the Criterium, a feat she had dreamed of.
"I went into this event believing these outcomes were a possibility, but to actually achieve them is still surreal," Newell said.
"The wins also mean we (husband Mick having also won the Australian TT) automatically qualify for the World Masters Cycling Championships next year in Denmark, but unfortunately we won't be able to go."
Newell will be chasing more glory though, not lamenting the missed opportunity.
Her attention is already on the upcoming Tour of Bright in Victoria and repeating her wins next year, which also included Queensland title sweeps.
In fact, 2014 has been a string of wins for Newell.
After winning the Queensland Masters 2 Time Trial and Road Race, the cyclist went out and beat the Elite field the following day.
"My goals first and foremost were to continue to improve my cycling fitness and strength and gain more racing experience with women," Newell said.
"I knew I was riding well going into the State Masters and when I found out I could enter both, I though, why not?"
Newell's training regime has led to the amazing accomplishments, up to ride between 3am and 4.30am every day, and she believes more is to come.
Cat's Gold Medals
- QLD Masters 2 TT
- QLD Masters 2 Road
- QLD Elite Road
- AUS Masters 2 TT
- AUS Masters 2 Road
- AUS Masters 2 Champion of Champions