The Territory is celebrating its new junior track cycling star, Meg Marker, following her four-medal haul at the 2018 Junior Track National Championships in Melbourne.
As the Northern Territory's sole rider, Meg took home two silver and two bronze medals in an incredible individual performance across the following races:
- JW15 Scratch Race - Silver
- JW15 Sprint - Silver
- JW15 Keirin - Bronze
- JW15 Points Race - Bronze
At only 13 years of age, Meg's performance at the Nationals competition over the weekend, follows on from a ever growing list of recent track successes.
In 2017, Meg came second overall at the Cycling Australia National Junior Track Series and won five gold medals at the South Australian Junior Track Championship in December 2017.
Meg also holds the track record for the Under 15 Junior Women's 500m Time Trial at the Superdrome in Adelaide.
For a glimpse into the background of our junior track champion, we got the opportunity to ask her the following questions. Check out what this Australian track cycling star in the making had to say.
Profile - Meg Marker
- Age? I am 13 years old, turning 14 yrs in May.
- When did you start riding bikes? I was towed around in a bike buggy when I was a baby and learnt how to ride a bike out the front of our house when I was about three years old. I started riding a fixed wheel bike when I was seven years old with Darwin Cycling Club at the velodrome. I also rode BMX with Jingili BMX Club for a few years.
- What motivates you to ride? It's fun, it's fast and you get to beat the boys. I really love racing.
- Who do you normally ride with? I train for track cycling at the velodrome with Darwin Cycling Club juniors on Tuesdays; I've been riding in the A & B grade at the Hidden Valley race track on Thursdays crit racing. On Saturday, I ride with the Saturday morning 6.30 am group and finish up with an ice chocolate at Cafe' Central.
- How much do you train? When I have a competition coming up I train five times a week at the track, watt bike, rollers and on my road bike. With all the rain in January and February I mainly train on the rollers and on the Watt bike under our house for Nationals.
- What's your secret to success? I am determined, and my motto is "eat well, sleep well, train well".
- Who's your idol? My idol is my big sister Evie. I have always looked up to her. She is a skilled track cyclist and has a bronze medal from the Junior Track Nationals. I also love Anna Meares who is an Australian Track Cycling Legend.
- What are your aspirations? I want to wear an Australian jersey and compete for Australia.
- How many bikes do you own? I have a track bike, a mountain bike and a road bike.