Former local takes key post

By MAX GODBEE

FORMER Grafton district top grade cyclist Tony Green has been appointed manager of the NSW track cycling team for the Australian titles in Adelaide next February.

All positions for the team were announced in Sydney on Friday by Cycling NSW chief executive officer Kevin Young.

Green is the son of Roger and Dorothy Green of Grafton, and nephew of former State and Australian champion rider Ralph Green.

The entire Green family have been top-line cyclists, and Tony began riding in the sub-juvenile ranks with the Grafton District Cycle Club.

He has ridden overseas and been a State representative a number of times in both track and road events.

Although an A-grade rider during most of his career, Green, now 47, rode in the C-grade division of the 2005 Grafton-Inverell 230km cycling classic, finishing fifth.

Strong winds hampered the big field in this year's event, resulting in one of the slowest ever times for the race, well outside the race record of six hours, set by Welshman Paul Curran in the 1980s.

February's Australian championships will be held at the well-appointed Adelaide Velodrome, Tony's father Roger said yesterday.

"Tony's appointment as manager for the State team came as a very pleasant surprise," he said.

"It is a step up for him in the world of cycling administration and hopefully could lead to other appointments, including even next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne."

Tony rides with the Parramatta Cycle Club in Sydney.



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