NATIONAL record breaker Zac Shaw capped off a stellar national cycling series yesterday afternoon.
The Elliminyt 16-year-old made it three gold medals from three attempts at the 2012 Subaru Cycling Australia Track National Championships in Adelaide, completing the golden triple hat-trick in the under-19 men’s team sprint.
It was the third and final event for the talented rider, who broke a national 1000-metre time trial record to kick off the championships.
Shaw’s time of 1.03.973, ahead of South Australian Alex Radzikiewicz and New South Wales’ Reece Robinson, eclipsed fellow Victorian Maddison Hammond’s previous record set in 2010.
Shaw’s father Cam said the record was a deserving reward for Zac who had spent the past month training four days a week in Melbourne.
“Winning the kilo has definitely been the highlight, and that broke the Australian championship record so that so that was pretty good,” Mr Shaw said.
“We thought he’d have a chance of winning but we weren’t sure how far he’d go,” he said.
“He was the last pair to go through, so as soon as he finished and saw he went under the 1.04 he knew he’d won it.
“We went down and saw him and said well done, he was already pretty focused on the next event.
The young rider backed up the win to claim the gold medal in the 4000 metre Bill Young men’s under-19 teams’ pursuit.
Teaming up with Jack Cummings, Evan Hall and Alexander Morgan, the Victorian team eclipsed teams from South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia with a time of 4.08.745 – the second-fastest time in Australia.
Mr Shaw said the event was Zac’s main focus of the championships, which ended with a thrilling final.
“Riding together Victoria and South Australia were neck and neck with about five or six laps to go,” he said.
“Zac brought them up to half a second in front and the other boys brought it home.”
The victories hold the young rider in strong stead for national junior selection later this year.
Zac Shaw hopes to attend a junior world championships event in New Zealand in August.