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Hard work pays off for Dubbo cyclist

Featured Dubbo College Year 12 student Adam Mitchell with his silver medals from the national cycling championships. Photo: Dubbo College Dubbo College Year 12 student Adam Mitchell with his silver medals from the national cycling championships. Photo: Dubbo College

Dubbo College Year 12 student Adam Mitchell has taken out two silver medals at the cycling Track Nationals in Melbourne. The 17-year-old took his first silver as part of the 4000m team pursuit and his second silver in the madison.

Cycling as part of the NSW under-19 men’s team, Adam was put to the test at the Melbourne event following an intensive training regime during the past few months. After winning five medals at the NSW State championships last year, Adam was selected in the long squad for the nationals, before being named in the final team in early January.

“It’s been flat out with numerous trips to Sydney, the Southern Highlands and to Melbourne for the National Omnium Championships and the 117th Austral Wheel Race,” Adam said.

“It all culminated in Melbourne at the nationals where I took part in five races – the points race, the individual pursuit, the scratch race, team pursuit and madison.

“In the team pursuit our qualifying time was actually faster than our final time so we were a bit unlucky not to win gold.

“Then in the madison we missed out on gold by one point or about half a millimetre.”

Adam started riding as part of the Dubbo Cycle Club when he was two, supported by parents Michael and Jo Mitchell.

“It started to get a bit more serious when I got to the under-9s and I won a State title,” Adam said.

“Then when I was in the under-15s dad bought me a road bike and I really haven’t looked back.

“I ride up to 170km at a time in training and have a great coach in Gus Dawson.

“I’ve got a really big road season coming up because it will be my last opportunity to be selected as part of the national junior squad.

“But I’m in Year 12 and I know it will be really important to balance my academic study with my cycling.”

Adam said he hopes to race domestically during his gap year in 2016, with the aim of moving to Europe the following year to pursue his cycling dream.

Meanwhile the young cyclist will travel to Toowoomba next week to take part in the Oceania Road titles, where he will compete against cyclists from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

- Contributed by Dubbo College