Shane Perkins: When winning is about more than a result

Results in the keirin are measured in one hundredths of a second. When Shane Perkins defeated Sir Chris Hoy for his maiden senior world title in Apeldoorn earlier this year, it was a result that felt like it had been a long time in the making. Seven years after his victory in the event at junior world's, enough water under the bridge that you could probably fill Sydney Harbour a couple of times over, unabashed joy and irreverence in between. Perhaps his was a victory that should have been measured by the man.

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As a sports journalist and producer since 1997, Jane has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games, rugby league, motorsport, cricket, surfing, triathlon, rugby union, and golf for print, radio, television and online. However her enduring passion has been cycling.


Jane is a former Australian Editor of Cyclingnews from 2011 to 2013 and continues to freelance within the cycling industry.