Launceston Cycling Classic 2004

Outstanding form: Matthew Goss … will be hoping to make a mark in tomorrow’s Launceston Cycling Classic. Picture: Paul Scambler.Goss, 18, has had an exceptional year on the track, winning two gold medals at the world junior track championships in the US in August.
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He backed it up with a solid 22nd in the time trial at the world road championships in Italy.

The success has earned him plenty of accolades in Tasmania and around Australia; he was named the Tasmanian Institute of Sport’s junior athlete of the year and Australian junior men’s road cyclist of the year.

Goss said he was hoping to impress a vocal home crowd around the streets of Launceston on Monday night, when he lines up against some of the country’s best cyclists, including world champions and Olympic gold medallists.

“The first year I crashed out of the race after hitting a keep left sign and last year I just rolled along just for the experience of racing against the best,” Goss said.

“This year I am aiming for a top 10 finish and hopefully through the carnival series I will win a big wheel race.

“All these races are still about experience for me, but this year I will have a go at trying to beat them because they are only human.”

Goss has been training 70km a day in the build-up to the carnivals and has spent between six and eight hours on the track at the Silverdome.

He will compete at the national road and track championships in Adelaide late next month and said he would concentrate more on road work in the near future in the hope of gaining a professional contract in Europe.

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