National U23 Champion Norris transfers form from road to dirt

Lachlan Norris (TIS)

Lachlan Norris (TIS) (Image credit: Dave Bateman Photography)

After a hectic start to his season racing the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic on the road in early January, Lachlan Norris proved that his talent persists off-road, too. He won the under 23 cross country at the Australian National Mountain Bike Championships this past weekend, not long after finishing sixth place in the Australian U23 National Road Championships.

Norris' success on the dirt came despite a nasty crash prior to his race. The crash left him feeling not at 100% on the big day, yet his persistence paid off.

"The last climb was brutal," said Norris. "But my coach, Chris Clarke, confirmed I was on track for my second National Title as I headed out for the last half lap, which helped me stay smooth and keep the throttle open all the way to the line."

He will shift his focus to preparing for the first World Cup round in April, where as national champion, he'll appear wearing the rings of green and gold on his jersey.

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