Zac Deller rode fast and strong to take out four gold medals.
Zac Deller rode fast and strong to take out four gold medals. John Casey

Speedster Zac wins every race

IT may not be his home turf but Zac Deller certainly rode this golden track like it was his own.

The speed machine will return home to Rockhampton next weekend wrapped in four gold medals and a secret smile stretched across his face after his talent and dedication paid off at the Queensland Senior Track Championships.

The 16-year-old unleashed his speed when he soared through and claimed each race he competed in, including the U19 Men Sprint, U19 Men Keirin, U19 Men 10km Scratch Race and the U19 Men 1000m Time Trial.

Deller competed in the state titles from December 12-16 and was just one of the Rockhampton Cycling Club members to return with medals.

Rebecca Stevenson, 17, also made her opponents aware of her force on the track when she claimed gold in the U19 Women Sprint, U19 Women Keirin, and the U19 Women 500m Time Trial, and bronze in the Open Women 7.5km Scratch Race.

Lindsay McMaster, 23, took out gold in the Elite Men Keirin, bronze in the Elite Men 4000m Individual Pursuit and fourth in both the Elite Men 15km Scratch Race and the 1000m Time Trial.

McMaster has made vast improvements in his racing after a successful road season and his wins will never-the-less set him up for the Townsville Cup on Wheels this weekend.

Stevenson has competed with Rockhampton’s most successful cyclist, Anna Meares, in the world championships and has swept up a handful full of medals this year.

Not two weeks ago Deller made the paper for his year’s success, which has seen him claim state records, a scholarships from Queensland Academy of Sport and a gold and silver at nationals.

Rockhampton Cycling Club’s Brett Ruff said Deller didn’t come close to achieving this many golds in last year’s titles and is impressed with his results.

“He has moved up from under-17s and has a made big step to the under-19s even though he is 16 - it is a huge effort for him,” Ruff said.

“Four medals is massive and he has the potential to have a better race at nationals.”

“Hopefully Lindsay will get into nationals as well, there is no doubt that Zac will be going and Rebecca is the best under-19 we have,” he said.

But before Deller, Stevenson and McMaster prepare for the national championships they will stick around in Townsville for the Townsville Cup on Wheels this weekend.



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