HEAD DOWN: Road racer Matt Slee, 18, training for the under-23 national championships.
HEAD DOWN: Road racer Matt Slee, 18, training for the under-23 national championships. Jay Cronan

Balancing act leads to cycling National Road Series

TRYING to balance two jobs, university and up to 600km road training is something Suffolk Park cyclist Matt Slee contends with each week.

Slee, 19, is in the second year of a Sports Science degree at Southern Cross University and is busy working at a pizza place and cycling store.

He is also now part of the Men's Elite B Pensar SPM cycling team.

It's a Queensland-based racing team that competes in the National Road Series.

"Cycling is pretty much my life," Slee said.

"I keep my social life intact with a bit of surfing and hanging out with friends.

"I'm doing what I love so I can't complain."

Slee last month competed in three races which were part of the Ausenco SSS men's Elite B competition.

In the first race, he took out one of the preliminary sprints and came fifth.

In the last race, he came second and it was enough to give him a second-placed finish overall in the series.

"I've got a good coach in Brisbane and it's been a great experience so far.

"I'm working towards getting into the Men's Elite A competition and competing against people all over Australia.

"The B competition is pretty strong (in Queensland) and anyone can win."

Slee is also a member of Byron Bay Cycle Club and will compete in the Battle of the Border Challenge next month, a three-day event at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff that attracts cyclists from across the country.

"It's a pretty well-known event and a good one for me to go in," Slee said.

"I've done a bit of mountain biking but for now I'm just concentrating on road bikes."

The ultimate goal for Slee is to race overseas.

"Europe is where the big racing is and to get there would be an unbelievable experience," he said.



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