Star cycling sisters Natalie & Kate Bates have both finished in the top 10 after the final stage of the Geelong Women’s tour last week.
Older sister Natalie came in at fourth place, while 23 year old Kate, ranked seven overall, helped team mate Oenone Wood to take the top spot.
The sisters, who live in Old Toongabbie when they’re not competing on the European circuit, have both made Australia’s cycling team for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
While the sisters, who spend most of the year in Europe, are fierce competitors on the road and in the velodrome, off the track it’s a different story.
“We see each other a lot,” Kate said.
“Natalie’s fantastic. She’s the biggest and best support I could have. And I think it’s vice versa.”
Extract from local Newspaper 28/2/06.
Postscript: Natalie won the gold medal in the women’s road race.