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Jay Sweet took home first place in the men’s category 3 criterium at Victoria Park today.
After multiple failed breakaway attempts, he managed to clear the field with two others with over 20 minutes to go, and the three held out until the finish line.
Sweet’s victory is one of a line of successes following his re-acquaintance with the sport last year after 12 years off.
The 40 year old had given up the sport completely and did not even own a bike, however was drawn back by a friend who asked him to go for a ride one day.
Within two weeks, Sweet was back training and within four he had won his first race.
Sweet has had a successful career with the highlight being winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1998.
He says winning for your country is a spectacular feeling.
“The whole reason I went into cycling was to get to a Commonwealth or Olympic Games, [and] to actually go and compete at the end dream and take home a gold medal… was a pretty special moment.”
This year is the first Master’s Games for the Adelaide man, who said he had been very nervous in the lead up, as he wanted to win.
“It’s the first time in a very, very long time I’ve been nervous all week,” he admitted.
Sweet’s son and parents were there to support him from the sidelines.
He admitted it was extra motivation to do well whenever his son came to watch.
When asked if his son rides he said only to school and back, and that if he decides to be a cyclist one day it will be his own choice.
Sweet says he will always continue to ride for pleasure, but will eventually retire from racing.
“There will definitely come a time when I stop racing and that time will come when I feel I can’t win anymore.”
Sweet has two more events in the Games this year with the 10km track race at Gepps Cross on Tuesday and the men’s road race at Mt. Pleasant on Friday.
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