Thomas Clarke is a young Australian Track Sprinter from Canberra. Here’s what he had to say in our pop quiz.
Year of Birth: 1995
What do you ride? Track Sprint – Individual Sprint and Keirin.
How did you start racing? I initially began racing downhill mountain biking and did so for approximately four years. After a few years competing I was instructed to try some racing at my local velodrome. After only 6 months of doing both I had to make a decision and I started my career on the track as an U17 rider with the ACT Academy of Sport in Canberra.
Explain the scariest situation you’ve had on a bike: The scariest situation Ive ever had on the bike would be when I raced at the 2014 Para-Cycling World Championships as a Pilot on a Tandem. During a match sprint against a Spanish team, the pilot of the other tandem took his hands off the bars mid-bend and pushed us down the track and away from him. Luckily we didn’t fall, but he must not have liked being pinned on the fence!
Explain the best moment whilst riding: My personal favourite moment while riding was again while I was a pilot on the Tandem. We were lucky enough to be selected as a part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games team where we won Bronze in the Tandem Sprint. It was an amazing experience even being able to ride in front of such an enthusiastic crowd – but when we managed to take out the Bronze final the place seemed electric. Since then, being selected and racing at World Cup #1 and #2 of the 2016/17 season was a great experience simply due to the high standard of competition. Racing alongside guys that I have looked unto for so long.
What are you thinking on the start line? Breath. Focus. Go.
Who are your heroes?: Bike Heroes: Favourite bikes hero would be Jared Graves. From my perspective he is an amazing cyclist simply due to his proficiency over so many different disciplines. Competing for Australia at Olympic Games for BMX to racing professionally on all types of Mountain bikes.
What’s the most flats you’ve had in one day?: Two flats, but only one tube.
What’s the most important thing you’ve forgotten to take to a race?: A skinsuit certainly the most important thing Ive forgotten. Its hard to pin a number on to bare skin!
What motivates you to keep riding?: I personally love training and pushing myself to a new level. I love to keep pushing myself to get new PBs.
What do you like doing when your not riding: I work part-time at a local bike shop in Adelaide and I also study a Bachelor of Media and Marketing at the University of Adelaide. Alongside this I also love listening to music and dabbling in photography.
What would you say to kids starting out?: Ride for enjoyment and most of all ride with friends. Make cycling a passion before you try and make it a career.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?: More people riding bikes!
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