Glaetzer realising cycling potential

Glaetzer realising cycling potential

According to Matthew Glaetzer’s Cycling Australia page, he can crush a can of soft drink with his shoulder blades.


The 21-year-old is a tall, powerfully-built sprinter who has always had the physical ability.

But the knock on Glaetzer has been his tactical nous.

A perfect start to the International Track Series in Adelaide this week is another strong sign that Glaetzer’s racing smarts are starting to match his awesome physical power.

The Commonwealth Games team member took out every heat on the way to winning the sprint and keirin competitions.

In Thursday night’s keirin final, he took the lead with two laps to go and no-one came close to passing him.

Granted, Glasgow team-mate Shane Perkins is out injured and the field in Adelaide is weaker than what Glaetzer will face at the Games.

But with every win and each well-executed tactic, Glaetzer’s confidence grows.

“I’ve gone leaps ahead of where I was a few years ago,” Glaetzer said of his racing tactics.

“I’ve always been able to qualify relatively strongly.

“It’s always been the tactical side of the match sprint racing that’s let me down.

“I’ve had a few years of feeling quite a novice at sprinting.”

Glaetzer only took up cycling five years ago, so it is no surprise that he is still feeling his way.

But he has already ridden at the London Olympics.

Glaetzer had a landmark win late last year when he beat British ace Jason Kenny at a World Cup.

While the South Australian is quick to say that Kenny was far from top form, he admits it was a big confidence boost.

The five-day Adelaide track series continues on Friday with more match sprinting.

Anna Meares, who won Thursday’s keirin final, is being rested as she copes with a heavy training load.