Q. Luke, congratulations on winning the 113th Austral Wheelrace! How does it feel to see your name up there as a winner, alongside some of the biggest names in Australian cycling?
A. Its an honour but at the same time i still haven't achieved even half of what some of the guys have done, but its one of those races where you can look back on it in a few years and see your name there, and thats probably the best thing.
A. Well i haven't made a final of Austral before and i was off 60 for Melbourne cup on wheels and never made the final, so i knew i would have to work hard to make the final, and once i was in there i knew i had a chance.
A. Well i never looked back to see who was there and i thought Sanders was on my wheel and it wasn't until later i heard Law and Ewan were on me, and i just caught Sanders out the corner of my eye almost at the finish line and i didn't know who it was, but to hold him off gives me a bit of confidence because he has been hitting some pretty good form and at Christmas carnivals he was moving there aswell, and O'Shea showed at Nationals he is getting the form back but it was always going to be tough for him from scratch.
A. I prefer track alot more, but i have a pretty big road season ahead of me so hopefully ill be fortunate enough to get some results on the road this year and that should make it a bit more enjoyable!
A. Yeah, but at the end of the day its a handicap race so you cant get to far ahead of yourself, but its still a bug win.
A. Bendigo madison will be the last track race for myself i think, and then i am doing most of the national road series.
A. Probably not mentally stronger, i had a few months off after last years nationals after a shoulder operation and it was the same situation after my back, for the first few weeks all you want to do is ride and then you get over it, but as soon as you get back on the bike you realise what you've been missing and each time it just makes you work harder to get back to where you were.
A. Yes the road has been alot tougher for myself to make the transition but i am really happy with how i have made the transition on the track.
A. Hopefully in Europe or in the states.
A. Probably as a sponge, and then i could soak everything up!