Bullen strikes gold

ARMIDALE’S Mitch Bullen has claimed gold and silver medals in two German Grands Prix track cycling events in his first European racing season.

As part of Cycling Australia’s sprint development academy, Bullen lined up in the German Sprint Grand Prix two weeks ago where he claimed silver in the Kieren event.

But last weekend, before returning to Armidale, Bullen took to the track in the German Cottbus Sprint Cup where he rode to victory in the sprint event.

Both events attracted quality fields, as many national teams took to the track in their final preparations for the Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old said many of the competitors at the events were riders he respects.

“It was actually quit humbling just to be there amongst athletes who are going to the Olympics next week,” he said.

It is currently the Australian cycling off-season and Bullen had no expectations going into his first competition in Europe, which saw him complete over 24 races in the two events.

“I was hoping to do well, but I wasn’t expecting to come back with a gold and silver medal,” Bullen said.

“So I am absolutely wrapped.”

Bullen returned to Armidale on Wednesday and will now set his sights on the Australian season, which kicks off in September in Adelaide.

“The focus is now on the Australian series of racing and I will be looking to do well at the World Championship selection races,” he said.

“Depending on how the Australian season unfolds, I will look to head back over to Europe for a longer period and look at racing more races than I did this year.”

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