Master of the velodrome
CYCLING: Grafton cyclist Laurelea Moss has proven herself to be a master of the velodrome in the most incredible way, smashing two world record times just six months after moving from road to track.
And it wouldn't have happened if not for a chance meeting with former velodrome champion and Brushgrove resident Rhonda Thew in a local coffee shop about six months ago.
Moss said the Coffs Cycling Club started her on one of their old bikes, but as soon as she got talking to Rhonda, she was immediately offered the use of her "immaculately maintained" track bike for training.
"I used it for the next four to five months and it won me the Queensland Championships (in November)," she said.
She also had encouraging results in the masters' division of the Elite National Omnium Championships in December and the Elite Track Nationals on February 2.
But it was over the weekend that her biggest achievement to date came: two official 'world best' times in the flying 200m and the 2000m individual pursuit for her age category at the NSW Masters Track Championships in Sydney.
Held at the Dunc Gray Velodrome, she recorded 11:940 seconds in the flying 200m, and backed it up with her second gold medal in the eight-lap individual pursuit in a time of 2:30:417.
"These times are currently unratified due to the lack of ASADA drug testers being present, but they'll go in the books as new state and Aussie records," she said.
"I'll compete at the Masters Track National Championships in Melbourne starting March 30 with the intention of going to Manchester to compete in the World Masters later in the year, as well as potentially bettering my times."
In between all of this she is also continuing to race for the Holden cycling team, and is planning to compete in the upcoming Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic on May 7.
But her focus for the year is definitely on the velodrome, thanks to Rhonda Thew.
"Without her I wouldn't have got started," she said.