JUSTER QUICK RACE
BMX: He is an elite rider who in the last 12 months has pushed the limits of his sport.
He narrowly missed out on Olympic selection this year, but has vowed to come back better and stronger for Tokyo.
His name is Matthew Juster and that Olympic journey started on Saturday when he took on the best Gympie and regional talent at the Cooloola BMX club open day.
Juster heads to America in five weeks and said he is using local meets to regain some fitness after a short break.
"I was in Gympie on Wednesday for a training ride and a few of the guys convinced me to ride today,” he said on Saturday.
"I rode today not only for the fitness but also for the competition.”
The Caloundra based star headlined the open day which Gympie BMX club president Mike Roderick said was a "good turn out”.
BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia, and its Olympic pedigree has meant the professionalism of riders from all levels has increased.
"You look at the elite ranks and they are a lot more professional these days; they provide a really good example to other riders,” he said.
Juster will focus his efforts on securing an Olympic start in Tokyo.
"It is a lot of effort, we will just see how we go,” he said.
"If I do get stronger and faster obviously I will be pushing for an Olympic spot.”