TROY Herfoss doesn’t need a motor to finish on the podium. He only needs two wheels, it seems.
In the space of three days the 26-year-old claimed round two honours of the Goulburn Cycle Club road race championship and finished second in the Australian Mountain Bike eliminator titles at Canberra’s Mount Stromlo track.
He finished 12th overall in the men’s elite division championship.
Herfoss last year walked away from the German Superbike Championship, citing a lack of integrity among the sport’s upper echelon of officials as motive for the move.
The decision leaves a decorated career, which includes the 2010 US Supersport Championship, in limbo.
But it can’t prevent him from faring well on either the mountain or road bike.
Herfoss finished second to Paul van der Ploeg by a matter of inches in the eliminator – a 700m sprint contested on muddy terrain.
The podium finish capped an outstanding weekend at the inaugural mountain bike championships.
The 2011 Goulburn Sporting Hall of Fame inductee finished 12th in the full length race on Saturday.
A move from the more familiar road and track racing to the cross country circuit proved challenging.
“I think in these conditions race craft comes into it,” Herfoss said postrace.
“I had to be very patient there at the start, but I think Dan [McConnell] blew his jets on the way out trying to pass and I was able to capitalise on the way out of the technical section.”
Herfoss now turns his attention to the Goulburn Road Race Championship, which concludes tonight.
The track championships, meantime, roll into action at Seiffert Oval on Friday.
Herfoss, the 2011 Trackpower winner and former B Grade champion in the Goulburn to Sydney Classic Criteriums, is expected to weigh into contention.
And with a road race championship round victory and fair showing on the mountain bike in the last week alone, he can’t be discounted.