Wheels turning for big career


Hamilton Hill cyclist Tahlay Christie trains at Midvale Velodrome twice a week. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d449058
Hamilton Hill cyclist Tahlay Christie trains at Midvale Velodrome twice a week. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d449058

The Hamilton Hill teenager is keen to compete in Cycling Australia’s Track National Championships in Adelaide from February 3-6 and will compete in the Under-19s.

After completing Year 12 in 2015, she said she was excited at being able to focus all her attention on cycling.

“I feel more committed now that I can prepare without the pressure of study as well and also allow myself the mental space to focus on cycling,” she said.

Christie is part of a squad that laps the velodrome on Mondays and Fridays each week, each time for a minimum of three hours.

She also works out at the WAIS gym in Mt Claremont under the supervision of her coach, Clayton Worthington.

“She represents a very strong prospect to gain selection for the Junior Track Cycling World Championships,” Worthington said.

Coming into the final preparation time for the Adelaide event, Christie said she was quietly confident of her fitness and strength at the moment and feeling fresh.

“My fitness is pretty solid and I have been consistent in my preparation, so my confidence is high for both at this time,” she said.

Christie said the Olympics were what all athletes considered a top-tier event and every cyclist would like to be in the Olympics to represent their sport and their nation.

Christie said her goal for 2016 was to make training her priority and see how the year panned out.

“If I decide not to pursue cycling I will make another goal for 2017 but at this stage I am committed to training and making that my priority,” she said.

The teenager said she had the option of enrolling at university but for the moment was focused on cycling.