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Cycling heroes

Martin Vinnicombe - Australia   Martin Vinnicombe - Australia
Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990

Cycling as a Commonwealth sport has been dominated by the Australians over the years. Martin Vinnicombe is one of the many Aussies whose name features on the list of gold medal winners since cycling arrived at the Games in 1934.

Picking up two gold medals in the 1000m time trial in back-to-back Games, he broke a 12 year barren spell for the Australians in the event, capturing the title back from arch-enemies New Zealand at the Edinburgh games and successfully defending it four years later in Auckland.

Kathy Watt - Australia   Kathy Watt - Australia
Auckland 1990, Victoria 1994

Kathy Watt made the gruelling road race title her own for two consecutive Games but has had her fair share of controversy dogging her career along the way. A bitter feud between herself and Lucy Tyler-Sharman prior to the Atlanta Olympics over team selection threatened to split the squad with threats of legal action.

On a more positive note Watt was also the first Australian woman to win a cycling gold at the Olympics and carried her success onto her Commonwealth glory. Her success in both track and road cycling has made her one of women's cycling greatest heroes.

Gary Newaind - Australia   Gary Newaind - Australia
Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990, Victoria 1994

The Australians have held this medal for the last 32 years with no small contribution from Gary Newaind, who won the men's sprint event for three consecutive Commonwealth Games.

Newaind, from Melbourne, has had a glittering track career, riding for his country at the highest level for almost two decades. Besides his Commonwealth successes he's picked up a silver and bronze but perhaps more importantly, he won a gold medal in 1996 at the Manchester Velodrome in the 1000m sprint at the World championships.

Shane Kelly - Australia   Shane Kelly - Australia
Victoria 1994, Kuala Lumpur 1998

Shane Kelly has been one of Australia's most successful track cyclists in recent years, picking up golds in the last two Commonwealth Games to help maintain the Aussies bike dominance.

The former world champion though will, however, be remembered for a vital mistake at the 1996 Olympics, when as hot favourite for the gold, his foot slipped out of the peddle leaving his dreams in tatters.

Four years later in Sydney he picked up a bronze on home soil and also has the honour of being world champion on three occasions.

Jocelyn Lovell - Canada   Jocelyn Lovell - Canada
Edinburgh 1970, Edmonton 1978

The colourful Jocelyn Lovell is generally regarded as being responsible for bringing Canadian cycling back into international limelight. During a career spanning more than 20 years he won more than forty titles at varying distances.

At the 1974 Canadian championships he turned them into a one-man show by sweeping nearly every event from the sprints to the 102 mile road race. His greatest success came at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton where he won three gold medals all in Games record times. Later the same year he won a silver medal at the World Cycling championships.

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