Cyclist's focus on Korea

JACK Edwards has conceded he may be too young to be selected for this year's Commonwealth Games.

But the 17-year-old Penrith Cycling Club rider's eyes are fixed on longer-term goals.

"The riders they select are a bit older than me," he said of the Games.

"Track sprinters in men's racing tend to mature more physically in their 20s.

"Realistically, I am looking at trying to get selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast."

Edwards' immediate focus is making the national team for this year's world junior track championships in South Korea.

Edwards already has the form on the track, winning two gold medals at last year's world juniors in Glasgow, the site of this year's Commonwealth Games.

In 2013, he also won a raft of awards, including the NSW Sports Federation's Young Athlete of the Year award.

He's riding 500-600km a week preparing for competition now.

The long road rides often take him out and around the Sutherland Shire and he does his track training at the Olympic-class Dunc Gray Velodrome, under the direction of his coach, triple-Olympic medallist Brad McGee.

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