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Noah Mason pedals into national medal haul

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It consumed two years of toil… but it was certainly worth the wait for talented Maitland cyclist Noah Mason.

The young sprinter dominated the U17 men’s division at the recent AusCycling National Track Championships in Brisbane, returning home with four gold medals and a silver.

The Newcastle Hunter Cycling Club member won the sprint, time trial, team sprint and keirin events and picked up second in the scratch race for good measure.

Not a bad haul for a youngster making his debut on the Australian stage in elite company.

“It took a lot of hard work to get there,” Mason admitted.

“I missed out on my first nationals in 2020, and three other championships, due to COVID and a broken collarbone.

“So, ever since then, I’ve been waiting to race.

“I was hoping to come away with a few medals.

“But, I wasn’t quite sure what would happen on the day – I hadn’t seen some riders [in action] for a while or what the competition would be like.

“In the end, I think it was a pretty good result.

“Four gold, and a silver, definitely exceeded my expectations.

“It was more of an in-the-moment thing.

“I was excited [by how I went], however it was also surreal.”

The meeting capped off a stellar month for the 16-year-old, too.

At the AusCycling NSW Junior State Trach Championships, the Hunter Academy of Sport rider secured victories in the U17 men’s 500m time trial, scratch, keirin and sprint as well as third in the points race.

He then teamed up with Matthew Drohan and Jake Pajtl to snare bronze in the team sprint.

However, the Maitland Grossman Year 10 student still has much to achieve moving forward.

“I’d love to represent my country at the Commonwealth or Olympic Games one day,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“That would be the ultimate goal.

“But, I’m just playing it by ear at the moment and not getting too ahead of myself.

“For the time being, I’d like to thank mum and dad, all the coaches, supporters and sponsors who have helped me so far.

“When I was growing up, and riding at the Newcastle Velodrome, I watched the older riders and thought ‘I want to be like them’.

“So, I hope the younger ones look at me and think the same.”

Mason now heads into the road season – with a new set of goals, starting with the Academy Games at Wagga Wagga this weekend.

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