Goltz gets the gold in the keirin
ROCKHAMPTON Cycling Club's Baily Goltz put in the ride of his life to snatch the A Grade Keirin at the interclub meet at the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome on Saturday night.
Sitting second wheel (just behind the leader) for the four laps behind the motor bike and most of the two-lap sprint, Goltz left it until the last turn to turn on the speed and overtake talented Townsville track cyclist Stephen Lane.
"I was sitting second wheel for most of the race," Goltz said.
"I came around on the last corner and then went for it and won the sprint down the straight. It was very close, I just got him on the line. I was going hard at it."
It was an amazing ride from the young cyclist, given that although he prefers track riding to road cycling, he prefers the long distance events on the track, rather than the short, sharp sprints like the keirin.
"I much prefer track to road," the 16-year-old Bailey said.
"It's more tactical and much faster. But I prefer the longer distance events, like the points score and the pursuits.
It was a big night for Bailey, he placed third in both the elimination and the gruelling 60-lap madison.
Goltz will now concentrate on the Townsville Cup in two weeks, the first time he has raced in the Elite class.
"This will be my first year of racing elites," Goltz confirmed.
"It will be good up there.
"No doubt I will come across Stephen again on his home track, which will be cool.
"I hope I go well. I feel the strongest I have ever felt."