Evan Elliott is not one to sit back and count all of the medals and national titles he has won throughout his cycling career.
All he knows is he’s won “quite a lot”.
That stellar record was added to earlier this month when Elliott collected three gold medals at the annual Australian Veterans Cycling Council Championships.
Contested at Maryborough in Victoria, 81-year-old Elliott won gold in the time trial, criterion and road race.
It marked the second time in two years the Dubbo veteran has won a national treble.
Making the outstanding success even more stunning is the fact Elliott hasn’t raced competitively since last year’s championships.
While recording a national treble is something to be proud of, Elliott was particularly pleased with his time trail win.
In the five kilometre race he finished a staggering five minutes and 23 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
The criterion he won by 48 seconds, which equated to almost half a lap, while in the road race he made a move at the track’s turn point and powered on to victory.
The most pleasing thing is to win by those margins.Evan Elliott
“The most pleasing thing is to win by those margins,” he said.
“Normally you win time trials by just a few seconds and in the past I’ve even lost by a tenth of a second so normally it’s so close and normally the ‘crit’ is close and then a sprint at the finish.”
While he doesn’t get to do as much racing locally anymore and doesn’t have a lot of upcoming competition, Elliott still keeps busy.
He manages to ride somewhere between 250 and 350 kilometres each week while he implemented his own training plan in the lead-up to the championships.
Elliott started a month out with time trials, hill work and sprint training.
“You might not think there’s hills in Dubbo but there is when you look and when you know where they are,” he said.