November 11, 2021
Junior kilo world record holder Thomas Cornish is set to make his TasCarnivals debut this season.
The 21 year old national kilo senior national champion will ride at the Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie carnivals.
“I’ve heard a lot about the carnivals from all the other guys and I’m keen to give them a crack for myself. I’ve heard there are a lot of very prestigious races going on and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” Cornish said.
Cornish is a member of the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy. A 2018 world junior kilo champion, he’s transitioned to elite senior in recent times. A multiple national champion in both indoor and with the NSW Team Sprint, he was also a member of the Australian team with Nathan Hart and Matthew Richardson that won bronze in the 2020 World Championships team sprint in Berlin.
Earlier this year he broke the coveted 1minute barrier for the 1000m kilo race to win the national open crown. His eyes are firmly set international representation in the coming years, with the TasCarnivals set to play a key stepping stone.
“2021 was a pretty good year for me, I hit some quick times at nationals early in the year, including my first sub minute kilo. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do a whole lot of racing after that though. Goals for 2022 are to make the Commonwealth Games and world champs teams, and to leave each comp with a gold in the kilo,” he declared.
While a powerful sprinter, Cornish says he expects to be given a tough handicap near the back, but showing the confidence that a junior world champion would naturally have, it didn’t deter him.
“I think I’ll be close to the scratch markers, I’m built pretty well for wheel races so I’m keen to see what I can do.
“I would definitely like to win the Burnie wheel race, I’ve heard it’s definitely the big one that everyone wants their name on,” the Sydney sider said.
While fluent on the indoor boards, he said the outdoor racing won’t be too foreign and was looking forward to a variety of racing across Tasmania.
“Yep I’ve done quit a bit of outdoor racing, I’ve raced the NSW Christmas carnivals every year which is a very similar setup, and I’ve trained a lot on outdoor tracks over the years as well,” he added.
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