Lakeside Park a part of Paralympian Australian Cycling team preparations
With the Paralympics underway in Tokyo and Australia’s incredible Paralympian achieving epic feats, Lakeside Park played a unique role our teams’ preparation.
The cycling team used Lakeside Park as a training facility in the lead-up to the games, with medal winning Paralympians of multiple cycling disciplines making private use of the circuit including.
David Betts, the team’s Lead Road Trainer made contact with Queensland Raceways and CEO John Tetley offered use of Lakeside Park for free as part of the organisation’s community engagement programs.
The team were able to privately practice on the closed track, allowing them to make the most of their preparations in a safe controlled environment.
Paralympians didn’t just use the track, but also the service roads around the venue to add length and simulate the conditions they were going to face in Tokyo.
Lakeside Park’s elevation changes offers similar challenges to the official Paralympic Road Cycling route and thus it was the perfect opportunity to train for the team.
The north Brisbane track gave Paralympians the chance to simulate conditions and competition in the run-up of the Paralympics which officially kicked off on Wednesday (the 25th).
Interestingly, the cyclists use the track in reverse configuration, sweeping up the final corner into the Eastern Loop, down into Hungry and use the elevation drop from Karousel, into The Kink and onto the main straight.
Lakeside has been home to the Hamilton Wheelers cycling club for many years who use the circuit for competition and recreation.