Laurelea's golden touch at Masters state titles
CYCLING: South Grafton cyclist Laurelea Moss is unstoppable.
The 39-year-old pedal star had a mammoth year in the saddle, and capped it off with a thrilling effort at the Queensland Masters Track Cycling Championships at the weekend.
Moss, who moved into the Masters 3 class (40-45) for the championships, stormed the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane to claim four gold medals from four events, setting two Queensland track records in the process.
Moss set a Masters 3 record in the 2000m Individual Pursuit, beating the previous records by almost 20 seconds, and set a Queensland and Australian masters record in the Flying 200m.
Her time in the sprint feature would have been good enough for a world record, but a lack of drug testing at the event means the time will not be ratified by the world cycling body.
Moss also clinched gold in the women's keirin and the combined points race - winning five out of the six races in the final event.
"I have moved up an age group for this championship and it is a new opportunity to set more records on the bike,” Moss said.
"It was a really great result for the weekend. It is great to be back in form with my racing, it is now just about whether I can keep that form going.”
The weekend was not all positives for Moss though, who came to a tough realisation that the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games might just be beyond her reach at this stage.
"I had gone out in the individual pursuit hoping to beat one of my better times and get close to the qualifi- cation times but I actually blew up in it,” she said.
"In one way it was great to come away with a new Queensland record but in another it was really disappointing.
"I am just not able to do the training that will keep me up to pace with the speed needed for Commonwealth Games selection.
"I think I might just need to modify my goals now.”
Instead Moss will focus on joining the Queensland Elite track team for the National Championships in Queensland in February.
"I want to be a super member in the team pursuit for Queensland and hopefully we can take out a medal at the event,” she said.
"We have got a crack team ready to go and it is not looking too great for the NSW girls.”
Moss will also hope to maintain form for the 2018 Masters Track National Championships in February.