Jim Spanswick, from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, departs for Manchester, UK this Sunday to compete in the Masters World Track Cycling Championships. Since relocating to Cairns earlier this year to sharpen his training in the local environment, Spanswick has set the mark for track cycling, not just in North Queensland, but along the East coast. This year alone he has been a member of the team taking out the Australian Team Sprint Championship for open men, won two silver medals at the Australian Masters Championships as well as three Gold Medals at the Queensland and two Bronze at the New South Wales Championships.
Despite having missed a weekend training camp in Sydney with Australian greats Sean Eadie and Ben Kersten due to a minor injury, Spanswick remains a great chance for high finishes in all events. Cairns Cycling Club President Richie Bates, himself a former top sprinter in younger days, rated Spanswick highly. "It's great to finally see a good sprinter in the North," Bates said. "Jim is a real chance in all his events and that's great for the sport in North Queensland, especially with the wealth of juniors we're now seeing."
Spanswick's domination of local track cycling in recent months has seen him regularly starting handicap races from 40 metres behind the coveted Scratch mark and still winning.
Jim Spanswick will compete as an individual in the Sprint and 1,000 metre Time Trial at the World Championships as well as being a member of the composite Australian team to contest the Team Sprint.