Tirian top of the world after winning medals
AFTER the sub zero temperatures of New Zealand, the Highlands felt like a pleasant change for Tirian McManus.
The cyclist returned this week from the World Championships at Invercargill sporting a gold and bronze medal.
McManus won the gold as part of the men’s pursuit team and bronze in the omnium.
He said he and the Australian team were extremely pleased with the results.
“We’ve worked forever for it (team pursuit) and got bronze in the omnium. That’s basically classified as the iron man event of cycling and to come away with those two results was fantastic,” he said.
“We always put big expectations on Australia because Australia’s at these junior world championships along with Russia and New Zealand being at home.
“The team pursuit for Australia’s kind of our event. We love to win it and we’ve won it almost every year since it’s been held.
“The coaches really put expectation on us to win that, but they’ve said in reports that we exceeded our expectations overall.”
With six different races in the omnium event, McManus said he knew that any small slip could put him out of medal contention.
“I was hoping to do really well in it, but it’s a really hard event and anything can happen. You muck up one race and it’s all over.”
A surprise competitor was one of the riders from Columbia, who won gold in the omnium.
“It was crazy; he just did anything to win, but that’s what you get at that kind of level. New Zealand got about 20 seconds and not one gold, so they’re pretty upset.”
The track wasn’t the only challenge McManus had to face, with sub degree temperatures making it difficult to control body temperature and recovery.
“The track was heated up to 27 degrees some days and then you walk outside and you’re in one degree temperatures,” he said. “It played with your body a bit; your throat hurt with the changes in air pressure, but you adjusted to it and made your recovery suit the climate.”
Next up for McManus will be a camp in October with the Australian Institute of Sport with an elite cycling team.
He will step up to the senior cycling ranks and said he would be aiming for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
He said would also like to represent Australia in World Cup races around the globe next year.A
Tirian McManus shows off his gold and bronze medals. Photo by Lauren Wright
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