Nortons rule the track at national titles

March 07, 2018

Rhianon and Brad Norton dominated the National Masters Track Championships last week.

Husband and wife cycling duo Rhianon and Brad Norton starred at the National Track Cycling Championships last week in another display of just how talented they are.

The Shepparton duo entered hunting records — Australian and world — and left with gold.

Rhianon won the Master One 2km individual pursuit, shaving 2.7seconds off the existing Australian record.

And Brad was just as successful, winning the pointscore, 1km time trial and 3km individual pursuit, in which he broke the world record.

Rhianon, who has only been racing since 2016, said getting under the Australian record time of 2:34 was extremely satisfying.

‘‘I was really happy with the performance, my training was a bit interrupted in the lead-up, but everything I did obviously paid off,’’ she said.

‘‘The numbers don’t lie, you can’t hide in that race and I was really happy when I crossed the line.

‘‘I’ve had 2:34 written on the wall in front of my trainer since the state titles, so I’m very happy.

‘‘I definitely hope to go well past that in next year’s titles. I’m hoping to crack the 2:30 mark for sure.’’

Brad’s week was filled with victories, starting with the 1km time trial where got within hundredths of a second of the Australian record.

On the Friday he broke his existing world record — twice — but somehow didn’t break the Australian record.

Rhianon explained this was because the Australian record, set at the state titles, hadn’t been officially recognised.

‘‘He broke his existing world record in qualifying and in the final,’’ she said.

‘‘He didn’t beat his Australian record time from states, but the state time wasn’t recognised because he hadn’t gone through the expensive drug testing regime.

‘‘He did the drug testing for the national titles, so it’s pretty unique his Australian record time is faster than his world record time — and he’s got the three fastest times in history.’’

Brad rounded out the carnival with a win in the pointscore, winning every sprint during the race.

And it was made even sweeter by winning the Champion of Champions, recognising him as the best rider in his class across the week.

With the duo eyeing more records, Rhianon also said she would try her hand at the road side of the sport, competing in March 18’s Tour of Mansfield while also looking to improve for individual pursuit.

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