Deller breaks sprint record
CYCLING: It took him three laps to gain the right speed but when Zac Deller hit the 60 kilometres an hour mark, there was nothing stopping him.
Deller didn’t claim the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels, but the 16-year-old rode the 333.3 metre Kenrick Tucker Velodrome track in 18.09 seconds on Saturday night.
And it was the time that snuck under the current Rockhampton Lap Record time of 18.12 seconds that belonged to Dual Olympic and World Champion Ryan Bayley.
With his obvious talent, strength, speed and commitment that would be needed to smash this record there was hardly a doubt from any spectators that this speedster could do it.
Deller has proved his power on the track at the Queensland Senior Track State Championships in December where he claimed four first places.
At such a young age the cyclist had already put those in his division to shame and was recently pushed up to A-grade and faced big challenges at the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels.
The teen was a back marker in his events, which put him in the back pack with professional riders like Glen Chadwick, who raced in the Beijing Olympics.
Trained by Ken Tucker, who coached Anna Meares, Deller now is hard at work in preparation for the nationals in February.