CYCLING: Almost 60 years after finishing 10th in a field of 120 in his racing debut, Sunshine Coast cyclist Anthony Bolter is a Queensland record holder.
The 75-year-old set a new mark in the Masters (10) 2000m pursuit event at the 2015 Queensland Masters Track Titles in Brisbane yesterday with a time of two minutes, 59 seconds.
"I was going about 40kmh," Bolter said after the race.
"But I'm a lot slower than I used to be."
The Sunshine Coast Cycling Club member rides 300km each week, usually from his home in Caboolture north to the Sunshine Coast.
"The drivers are a little less crazy up that way," he said.
For Bolter, cycling has always been at its best when he is up against someone else.
"I'm not really a social person," he said. "I used to go on club runs, but I've always been competitive.
"My first race was a time trial and we used to ride track bikes with a single brake in those days. We never bothered with gears."
Bolter first raced in London in March 1955.
He was to take a few breaks from competitive cycling to focus on mortgages and look after the needs of his four children.
Whenever he had a spare minute to race, however, he would be back on the bike.
"I had a couple of periods where I didn't ride, but I've been riding for the last 23 years without stopping," he said.
With a Queensland record to his name, Bolter has no intention of aiming for higher honours.
"I don't really bother with goals anymore," he said. "I just ride whatever comes up and whatever happens, happens."
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