GALLERY | Cyclist’s ‘wheel-y’ good results

Aaron Taylor raced his way to the top of the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club Championships last weekend.

The Mount Annan resident was chosen as the club champion for his consistent efforts in the recent four race series.

Mr Taylor, who is 44 years old, said he was proud of the results he had achieved.

“I enjoy criterium racing because it is fast,” he said.

“Everyone has their best event but it is all about consistency.”

The criterium or crit racing event encompassed four race styles.

The first leg was an elimination style contest where one rider was eliminated at the end of each lap.

The second leg was an individual time trial event which was followed by a hill climb competition.

The final contest was a 55 kilometre street race.

Mr Taylor won two second places and two sixth places which gave him enough points to take the top spot.

“My favourite events are the sprint races and the road racing,” he said.

“I am not as fast as some of the younger guys on the hill climbs.”

Mr Taylor’s son, Jackson, came in second place and fellow club member Jimmy Kourembes was third.

Club president Peter McLean said plenty of the organisation’s members were in the running for the title.

“There was competition from a number of other club members, however the top three places remained the same,” he said.

Mr McLean said crit racing was a great family activity.

“Cycling is a very healthy activity, it keeps you physically and emotionally fit,” he said.

“Come and chat with us to learn more about cycling.

“It’s the perfect Sunday activity – you can have a quick race and then go for a coffee afterwards.”

Mr Taylor said he enjoyed cycling, particularly in the Camden region.

“I got back into cycling in 2009 for fitness – it’s also stress relief, you can just ride and think about nothing,” he said.

“We are also very lucky that we can ride around and look at paddocks rather than skyscrapers.”

The avid cyclist said he would return to compete in next year’s events.

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