Propelling a machine that weighs only a few kilograms at more than 58kmph is not something everyone can consider doing, yet for Shepparton cyclist, that is exactly what Brad Norton did at the World Masters Championship for Cycling competition held in Manchester, United Kingdom, last month.
Brad came home with four medals, three gold medals for the 1000m time trials, 3000m individual pursuit and 4000m teams pursuit as well as a bronze medal for the three lap team sprint.
As a junior, Brad had his sights set on pursuing a professional career yet after evaluating his life objectives gave up cycling at the age of 24 and took an eight year hiatus. It was when his wife made a decision to try for competition cycling three years ago that as her trainer, Brad made the decision to take up the sport himself once more.
Working as a maintenance service officer with Powercor in Shepparton, Brad now feels he has a better work/home/bike life balance that allows him to set new achievable objectives. Powercor along with McDonalds are his two sponsors however, much of the cost of competing in amateur world events comes back to the participants.
Brad intends to return to Manchester in 2020, intent on setting records that will hold for some time. Part of that mission is to also travel to Mexico City where the low oxygen levels should see him set world records on his present performance. Indeed, a young man in a hurry.