Two of Australia’s tandem pairings celebrated riding into the Australian Long Team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as six Australian records were broken at the 2018 Para-cycling Track Nationals in Sydney, December 8-10.
The tandem time trial titles went to South Australians Brad Henderson and pilot Thomas Clarke in 1.2.433 and Jessica Gallagher (VIC) and Lara Tucker (QLD) who stopped the clock 1.8.924. Both pairings were under the long team qualification times, earning them selection in the 2018 Commonwealth Games long team.
Gallagher, the first Australian to win a medal at the Summer (in Para-cycling) and Winter (Para-alpine skiing) Paralympic or Olympic Games, was pleased with her time set with new pilot, 18-year-old Tucker.
“The upcoming Winter Paralympic Games will be the first I have missed, because I have chosen to concentrate on the Commonwealth Games and the bike. So, today’s time and getting inside the required 1.10 flat was a big goal to hit,” said Gallagher.
In the men’s, it was a maiden national title for Henderson.
“We needed a 1:03 and we broke that, so we are happy.”
Henderson and Clarke, and Gallagher and Tucker doubled up, adding the sprint crowns to their names.
Reigning world champion David Nicholas (QLD-C3) and Bronwyn Dolman (SA-C5) were named Champion of Champions after winning gold in the individual pursuit and time trials. Also collecting two golds across the weekend was Darcy Thompson (SA-C1), Kyle Bridgwood (QLD-C4), Amanda Reid (NSW-C2) and Simone Kennedy (NSW-C3).
· Day 1 – Tandems ride closer to Gold Coast
· Day 2 – Tandems sprint to more gold in Sydney
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By Cycling Australia
Photo with thanks to John Veage