Lindsay hopes to master track
THE Townsville Cup on Wheels is no stranger to Lindsay McMaster.
The 23-year-old cyclist, who has competed in such prestigious events since he was about 17, hasn’t a good track record when it comes to Townsville and McMaster admits the last track season was a “waste”.
McMaster, who claimed the Rocky Cup on Wheels in January 2007, prepares to head north to set the record straight at the Queensland Senior Track State Titles in Townsville, December 12-16, and the Townsville Cup on Wheels, December 18-19.
In 2007 McMaster came off his bike at the Townsville Cup that ended the competition for him and left him to face physiotherapy.
The 2008 Townsville Cup wasn’t much better.
“I normally go all right but last year I didn’t get any place; I kept falling off at the wrong time,” he said.
“I was also really unfit, so the year was a bit of a waste.”
But since the 2008 track season McMaster has buckled down and made a few changes to kick this season off on a different tune.
Coach Ken Tucker said McMaster has one thing on his side – fitness.
“He had an extensive road season and he came into the track season (in September) at his lightest weight in a number of years, which is really good,” Tucker said.
“He is extremely fit but he has also been struggling with form all season, but I am hoping he will produce the goods in the week to come.”
McMaster will compete in five events on the weekend’s state titles in the elite division, including the scratch race, individual pursuit, points score, 1km time trial and the keirin event.
“I think I have improved a lot this year. I am a lot more endurance-based rather than sprint,” McMaster said.
“I am a lot fitter than I have been in previous years. It is a good start because if you’re not fit you’re not going to go very well.”
The state titles on the weekend marks the first high-profile competition for most cyclists competing.
McMaster also hopes to make an impression at the state titles to then be picked for the nationals in February.
After the Townsville Cup, McMaster will prepare for the Bundaberg Carnival and the Rocky Cup on Wheels in January.