McLeod on a fast track to the top
ROCKHAMPTON cyclist Brian McLeod is pedalling his way to the top, and fast.
The 21-year-old triathlete-turned-cyclist has made huge progress during his 12 months in the sport, thanks to plenty of hard work, along with the assistance of former professional cyclist and coach Cameron Jennings.
Last week, McLeod won the final round of the Queensland Race Series, a series of seven road races throughout the state over a 14-week period.
He won the overall title as well as the under-23 category. He was also second in the sprint category for the series.
"From where I was 12 months ago to get as far as I have in cycling is a credit to him (Jennings)," McLeod said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing where I will be in another 12 months."
McLeod has his sights on breaking into a professional team in the next two years and fresh from his Queensland Tour win is set to tackle Australia's most prestigious road cycling event, The Herald Sun Tour.
Along with fellow Rockhampton rider Glen Chadwick, who is riding for New Zealand professional team Pure Black Racing, McLeod joins the continental Budget Forklifts team for the tour beginning tomorrow in Adelaide.
And, despite competing in his first Herald Sun Tour, he isn't there just for the experience.
"I'm going there to be competitive, and I'm not going to be intimidated by them (the pro tour teams)," McLeod said.
"You're in awe of them, but I'll be competitive. I wouldn't go into a race thinking I'm going to get blown away.
"The ultimate goal would be to find myself on the podium for one of the stages. I'd be over the moon.
"It's not unrealistic be it'd take a lot of things to go my way."
McLeod said his team's goal wasn't to win the tour, especially considering the calibre of teams competing, but was more about gaining exposure.
"Realistically, we can't compete with them in GC (general classification), or for the yellow jersey," he said.
"I'll be racing aggressively, trying to get myself into breakaways and trying to get my name out there and get the team some exposure.
"You want to keep your sponsors happy."