Around the age of 8, West Aussie Sam Welsford decided to take a leaf out of his Dad’s book. He bought a little bike and went cycling…

About 12 years on, he’s now talking to me from Mexico on the final prep camp before he competes in the cycling team for the Rio Olympics in the Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit.

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Sam chatted with me about how it all started:

[Click below to hear audio from some of my interview with Sam]

 

 

It’s not Sam’s first time in Mexico. He won gold in the Team Pursuit at his first World Cup event in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2014.

 

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Sam kicked off this year by winning the Individual Pursuit National Title after defeating London 2012 Olympian Michael Hepburn by over four seconds. He also competed at his first senior track World Championships,  racing with Rio teammates Callum Scotson and Michael Hepburn, as well as Callum’s brother Miles. The quartet qualified second fastest, defeating New Zealand in the first round before knocking off Great Britain in the final to claim gold…

 

Now he’s just weeks away from competing in the Olympics.

He chatted with me about his final preparation camp:

 

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It wasn’t an easy road to get to where he is, but when I spoke with him it was clear right away  just how passionate Sam is about his cycling. He gave me an idea of what the training process is like:

 

Among a long list of supporters, Sam says his parents have backed him from the beginning. WAIS coach Clay Worthington guided him in the right path.

“He developed me as a a junior rider to where I am today.”

 

 

 

 

Aside from his love for cycling, Sam really enjoys photography. Here’s a shot he took while out riding in Perth one morning:

 

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“You need to enjoy the moments and have fun.”

He has a message for any other athletes out there looking to pursue what they love. Not only do you need to put the hard work in but you also need to enjoy the moments and have fun.