Man of steel on road to success

PAUL McKay says he's got more steel and pins in his body than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

He had surgery after two major accidents in his life, one racing motorbikes when 18 and the other, a cycle race crash seven years ago.

McKay sustained hip and pelvic injuries in the cycle race crash. He had pins inserted in his hip and pelvis.

McKay said doctors told him he might not race again.

But after a few months in Liverpool Hospital, then rehabilitation, McKay made it back on the bike.

Now 60, McKay, of Casula, is racing with success having recently won a state title in the masters category.

And last week McKay won gold and bronze medals at the Australian Track Masters Championships in Victoria.

His gold was in the two-kilometre individual pursuit in the MMAS7 category and bronze in the 500-metres time trial event.

"It was my goal to finish in the top three in the pursuit," McKay said.

He is a member of Waratah Masters Cycling Club.

"There is a group of us who meet most days at 6am and go for a ride between 80 and 100 kilometres," he said.

"We clock up between 350 and 500 kilometres each week in training.

"When we go for a ride it might be for two to three hours and we try to maintain a high average speed of 36 or 37 kilometres per hour."

McKay says road racing is his strength but he also enjoys track events.

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