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Marc Potts takes on the cycling trifecta

1 Apr 2018

Northern Ireland's Marc Potts is unfazed by being the only cyclist at GC2018 to compete in all three disciplines: Mountain Bike, Road and Track.

A track specialist, Potts will compete in the men's 40km points race and the men's 15km scratch race during the first week of the Games. He will then be free to focus on Mountain Bike and the men's Road Race in the second week.

It's a feat not many would dare to attempt, but Potts denies he is a glutton for punishment.

"It's the kind of experience I'm not going to get again," he said at the Anna Meares Velodrome.

"I looked online and saw the mountain bike track at Nerang. It looked really good, so I thought, 'Why not? It would be silly not to do it'."

As a young cyclist, Potts focused on downhill mountain biking, though he also has experience in the cross-country discipline which riders will compete in at GC2018. His then-coach advised him to concentrate on one discipline, and Potts felt the track offered the most promising route to Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

"Mountain biking is probably my favourite, but there's only so far you can go with it," he said.

The 26-year-old is optimistic about the Currumbin Road Race course, despite the hot and humid weather, a stark contrast to Northern Ireland. 

"It has punchy, short hills which would suit me. But in this heat I don't know how I'm going to go, but we've got a bit of time so hopefully we'll adapt."

Any cyclist taking on Potts' workload would need an unstinting source of inspiration and his father John sets quite the example.

"He never did cycling, but used to do canoeing and hiking and outdoor activities. He retired about a year ago, and now he's planning to climb a bunch of mountains," he said.

Potts will be keeping in mind his dad's motto, 'don't die until you're dead', as he tackles the GC2018 Cycling trifecta. 

The Road Race is a free event. The men's Road Race will be contested on Saturday 14 April from 12:30pm. View the course map and Official Public Viewing Areas. Mountain Bike will take place on Thursday 12 April from 10:30am. View the free sport event guide for non-ticketed spectators.

This article was produced by Games News Service.