National record stuns Colac cyclist

Colac cyclist Zac Shaw says national championship success is one of his greatest achievements.

COLAC speedster Zac Shaw says realising he had claimed a national cycling record was almost enough to knock him off his bike.

The Trinity College student capped off his best weekend on the bike at the 2012 Subaru Cycling Australia National Track Championships in Adelaide.

He teamed up with fellow Victorians Emmerson Harwood and Jacob Schmid to win the under-19 team sprint on Sunday afternoon and add a third gold medal from three attempts in the flawless weekend.

While travelling home to the Elliminyt, Shaw told the Colac Herald that the championships stood out as one of his biggest cycling achievements.

He credited his results to his dedication to improve, which included training seven days a week between Melbourne and Colac and district.

“I had a good track nationals – no other championships I’ve competed in have come close to them,” Shaw said.

“I didn’t know I was going to go as well as I did, I was probably expecting to finish around fourth or fifth,” he said.

“But I’ve been training the full seven days out of the week for a fair while now, and I’m pretty happy it’s all paid off.”

Shaw’s gold medal tally also included a first place in the under-19 men’s team pursuit with fellow Victorians Jack Cummings, Evan Hull and Alexander Morgan.

But it was breaking a Maddison Hammond’s two-year-old 1000-metre time trial record that stood out as the highlight for Shaw.

“That was the best part, I was pretty happy with the ride,” he said.

“I nearly fell off my bike when I saw I’d gotten the record, it was pretty funny really.”

Shaw, who credited his coaches and training partners for the gold-medal performances, hoped his efforts would lead to Australian selection to compete in track junior world championships in New Zealand in August.

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