THE MASTER: Rocky rider Lewis Marshall has won seven gold medals from seven events at the XV Australian Masters Games, an Australian record.
THE MASTER: Rocky rider Lewis Marshall has won seven gold medals from seven events at the XV Australian Masters Games, an Australian record.

Marshall masters Masters dominating road and track

ROCKHAMPTON Cycling Club's Lewis Marshall blitzed the field at the XV Australian Masters Games in Adelaide earlier this month.

Competing in the Masters 6 Category, for 55 to 60 years, Marshall dominated both the track and road events, collecting seven gold medals in all seven events he contested.

This is an Australian record, the first time this has even been achieved at the Australian Masters Games.

"I won some gold medals at the Masters in 2011 but I didn't compete in every event," Marshall said.

"This time I thought I would do the lot and see what would happen."

Marshall had a hectic schedule over the six days, competing every day except for one.

"The first day was the road race criterium, day two the track time trial and individual pursuit and day three was the sprint and the scratch race," Lewis explained.

"Day four was a rest day and then day five was the 20 kilometre individual road time trial and on the last day was the 50km road race."

And it was the road race, over a steep course in 40 degree heat, which Marshall found the most difficult.

"The road race was the definitely the hardest," Marshall said.

"I hung in deep there. It was a very hilly course and all the climbers passed me on the climbs. But I kept chasing them down and coming into the finish I was still with them and I knew I could out sprint them."

Which he duly did.

Next on the agenda for Marshall is the Australian Masters Track Championships in Perth in March. Shortly before that Marshall will seek to qualify for the World Masters Time Trial Road Championships, also in Perth in September. "That is my main goal, to qualify for the World Masters," Marshall said.

"It is the first time it has been held in Australia so I really want to be part of that."

To do so, Marshall will keep up a dedicated training regime, which has him clock up more than 10 hours a week in the saddle, across both track and road training.

"With training, I prefer quality over quantity," he said.



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