TRYING to keep up with a motorbike ridden by father Stuart is the only way Port Macquarie cyclist Oscar Jakeman could replicate something resembling a velodrome.
And it seems to have worked after the 15-year-old was selected in the NSW under-17 track cycling team for the national titles later this year.
Jakeman is the only member of the six-strong crew who doesn't have the benefit of practicing in a velodrome, so the family had to think outside the square.
"Generally for his pursuit training when he motorpaces, he sits between 60 and 65 kays an hour so he can hit the right power speeds otherwise he's not hitting the right numbers," Mr Jakeman said.
"He doesn't know how fast he's going because he's too busy concentrating, but slipstreaming a motorbike is the only way to try and replicate a velodrome.
"Otherwise it's very difficult to do."
Selection in the NSW team is the teenager's first at this level having missed out on selection in a state road team a few years ago.
He has also earned a position with cycling development team Rauland which will provide the first step on the path to a potential professional career in the sport.
"Riding for Rauland gives me more exposure and financial support because I've got more people watching," the youngster said.
"They're big on wanting us to move onto a bigger team; they want to give us the best opportunity they can to move on."
Already, some of the older cyclists in the team have moved on and earned positions with bigger teams in both Europe and within Australia and the National Road Series.
But the recent Queensland COVID-19 outbreak forced the nationals to be postponed to later in the year which means a return to the simulator and training.
"I normally have 10 hours a week training because I've got to balance it with school," he said.
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