by Alex Renzella
Watch out Victoria! Queensland’s John Hampson will be looking to add to his Australian Masters titles this October in East Gippsland.
The Coral Isle Cycling Club rider has put in strong performances in previous additions of the Masters Road Nationals, blowing out his competition and taking victory in the 2017 Men’s Masters 8 ITT as well as placing in the top 10 for the Road Race and a top five finish in the criterium.
After taking action to get fitter and healthier following a life of heavy smoking, Hampson’s first road bike came after a trip to the tip, finding a frame and putting on some new tread, never looking back and now a national champion.
Hampson’s 13 year cycling career started as a part of a fitness regime, but those humble beginnings have now reaped multiple national and state masters titles. His first national success came in the ITT at the 2015 Masters Championships.
The successes quickly continued as he qualified for the 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Perth, placing within the top 10 in his respective category, something that he stated as ‘a memory that will stay with him forever’.
A self-described “honest rider who always gives 100% and never gives up in life or in a bike race”, Hampson only has a year left in the Masters division 8 and is looking to put in another memorable performance later this year in East Gippsland.
“I’m looking forward to racing hard and giving it my all. With ITT racing there is nowhere to hide, so looking forward to see how I perform” Hampson said speaking to Cycling Victoria.
The Bundaberg cyclist is also keen to show the younger riders that he and others like himself still have plenty left to give to the sport, taking out titles along the way.
“I enjoy the competition amongst the younger riders, sprinting and battling it out with them to the finish. It always gives me much pleasure to show the young ones that this oldie still has it in him.”
Good luck John!