Cyclist starts world title defence

Colac Sportsmen’s Club officials awarded cyclist Zac Shaw their Sports Star of the Month award at the club’s October meeting.

COLAC cyclist Zac Shaw has already begun his 10-month preparation to defend his world title.

The 17-year-old is preparing to return to full training just two months after setting a world record in the one-kilometre time trial as a bottom-age rider, and is already focused on the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Scotland.

Shaw returned to Colac after doing power testing with the Australian Institute of Sport where officials suggested he contest the Youth Olympic Games.

“I hope to get into the AIS, I just did my power testing and they suggested to race in the youth Olympics,” he said.

“But at the moment, this year I’m just focused on getting back to worlds and defending my title and competing in a couple of different events.”

Shaw will start full training with VIS coach Dave Sanders three nights a week in the next fortnight as he prepares for the Oceania Track Championships in November.

“Because I’m converting over to different events it’ll be very challenging, I went to worlds as a sprinter and this time I’ll be competing in endurance events,” he said.

“So instead of sprint events, I’m doing endurance like the 4k, 3k, individual pursuit, scratch races, points score.

“I always rode them but to make it to worlds I have to go as a sprinter.”

Following the Oceania Track Championships, Shaw plans to tackle the state and national titles before the youth Olympics.

Meanwhile, Shaw collected his third Colac Sportsmen’s Club Sports Star of the Month award for August following his world titles campaign.

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