Mt Isa cyclists arrive early for track practise
AFTER a 14-hour road trip from Mt Isa this week cyclists PJ Scarborough, Neil and Aaron Goodwin headed straight for Rockhampton's Kenrick Tucker Velodrome.
The trio will compete in their first major cycling carnival at this week's CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels event, which runs tomorrow and Saturday.
They have arrived in Rockhampton early to get some handy training tips from experienced Rockhampton coach Ken "Reggie'' Tucker and try to get some familiarity with the velodrome's towering banks which are a stark contrast to Mt Isa's flatter track.
Although PJ, 16, and Neil, 12, have only just started circling the velodrome, Tucker is already picking up some slight adjustments and relaying the changes to Mt Isa coach Neil Goodwin Senior, who is also ready and willing to learn from Tucker.
"This is one of the major carnivals outside of Brisbane and getting here early gives us some exposure to excellent coaching,'' the Mt Isa coach said.
Lap work, standing starts and getting them to pick up some tips by watching other cyclists is all part of the brief training sessions. Also joining the Mt Isa contingent is Aaron, 9, who is in his first season of cycling.