Elsie van Hoof and Aaron Osborne with their medals from the Cycling Queensland State Track Championships at the weekend.
Elsie van Hoof and Aaron Osborne with their medals from the Cycling Queensland State Track Championships at the weekend. Gerard Walsh

Medals for local cyclists

THE announcement of the Gold Coast as the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was music to the ears of triple state gold medallist Elsie van Hoof.

By 2018, the Warwick State High School year 9 student will be 19, the perfect age for cyclists to break into international competition.

Her games dream is a long way off but Elsie proved in the Cycling Queensland State Track Championships late last week at Chandler, she is a rider of the future.

She won gold in the 5km scratch race, the 1000m sprint and 500m individual time trial.

The scratch race is 15 laps of the velodrome and it is only in the last lap where riders hit top speed on the way to the finish line.

Elsie was not the only Warwick rider with a podium finish.

Aaron Osborne was third in the keirin for elite men, an event where riders cycle six laps behind a motor bike before the motor bike moves off the track with one and a half laps to go.

It was his first state medal in an event where he was easily the youngest competitor.

He was not expecting a medal in the keirin and only missed bronze in the 1km time trial by six-hundredths of a second.

The pair trains as part of the Warwick cycling group for 90 minutes, four times a week at the velodrome at Australiana Park.

While Aaron is a track specialist, Elsie said she enjoyed sprint cycling more than road cycling.

"I still want to do some road racing," she said.

While the state team is yet to the named, the odds are Elsie will be in the team to compete in the nationals in Adelaide during March.

Her triple wins in the track championships are even more meritorious as she only trained hard for three and a half weeks.


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