Sport

Brad Norton claims victorian masters title

By Shepparton News

Shepparton track cyclist Brad Norton is close to assuming the moniker of ‘‘Mr Record Breaker’’ if his exploits in the past 12 months are anything to go by.

The 35-year-old claimed the MAS2 3km individual pursuit at the Victorian Masters Track Championship in a world record time of 3:18.44 minutes, just more than a year since he broke the world record for the 3km individual pursuit in the MAS1 division.

Norton could not have timed his achievements on February 11 any better, as he recently received the Victorian Masters Cyclist of the Year (Male) award for his outstanding calendar year in the sport.

Although the Shepparton Cycling Club member was unavailable to collect his award in person due to prior commitments, finding out he had won was still a shock to the system.

‘‘I was pretty surprised actually, I didn’t expect to win,’’ Norton said.

‘‘It’s great to be recognised for that achievement, it was pretty special.

‘‘But to be honest it’s more for when I jump off the bike and I’m able to reflect back on what I’ve been able to achieve.’’

The award came off the back of his world record-breaking achievement last year, when Norton blitzed the individual pursuit with a world best time of 3:22.48.

However, what makes his recent achievement at the Victorian Masters Championship so special is his record-breaking time in the MAS2 clocked in four seconds quicker than last year’s time.

For Norton, he hopes the achievements don’t dry up yet, as he begins his preparation for the National Championships in Brisbane in April and later this year when he flies out to Manchester in the United Kingdom for the World Masters Championships.

‘‘Training never really stops, I’m up everyday training at 5am on my indoor racer before I head off to work as a Powercor maintenance worker,’’ Norton said.

‘‘I have two young girls aged six and four, so it’s good to have a balance with my family, work and training.’’

Before his next crack at a major event, Norton will be back in familiar territory riding with Shepparton Cycling Club.