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Shepparton’s Brad Norton claims three gold medals

By Alex Mitchell

If there is a faster thing on two wheels than Brad Norton, track cycling’s Masters Two category is yet to find it.

Already with a scorching world record to his name this year, Norton, 35, invaded the Brisbane-hosted National Track Cycling Championships last week and left with more gold than Gringotts.

He picked up three gold medals, taking out the 3km individual pursuit, the 1km time trial and the points race to continue a charge toward the UCI Track Cycling World Master Championships later this year.

Norton was pumped his good form had continued, holding him in good stead for October’s world titles in Manchester.

‘‘It was really good. Obviously I went up there with intentions of trying to do my best and do some PBs,’’ he said.

‘‘I was able to do that in a couple of events. My favourite event, the pursuit, it wasn’t as fast as my world record time, but it was still good enough to get the win.

‘‘I was happy with how everything turned out, I’ve worked quite hard for a few months now. I’m going to take it easy for a couple of weeks now, and then launch into it and get ready to take on the world.’’

Norton’s individual pursuit time was just two seconds off his world record pace, still ranking highly among his best times, while he set a new personal benchmark in his time trial.

‘‘The 1km time trial, I did a 1:05.7 which is the fastest I’ve gone, and the power numbers with that were a PB as well,’’ he said.

‘‘I did a fast time in the 3km individual pursuit, went into the final and did better again. I did a 3:20.6 which was my third fastest time ever, my wattage numbers there were really good.

‘‘It was a bit unfortunate the conditions in Brisbane weren’t great, the humidity was quite high and so was the air density.’’

But not content aiming for personal glory, Norton will team with three usual rivals to tackle the 4km team pursuit at the world titles, something he was particularly excited to have a crack at.

‘‘I’ve actually got a little bit of a side project to my individual aspirations,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s three other guys I normally race against and chat to a fair bit, we’re getting together to compete in the team pursuit.

‘‘We’re all going to work together to try and do something pretty special, I’m very excited about it. An Australian team hasn’t won before, but we’ve got four guys who are world class athletes coming together.’’