Things You May Not Know About MTC

There is plenty of articles and interviews floating around about the Melbourne Track Club that may give you a little insight about the group. For me, it is my second family and spending so much time on the road with a handful of athletes makes our life very nomadic and unique. Various professional groups spend a lot of time together on training camps and traveling to races but as a group based in the southern hemisphere, it means we have to spend even more time away from home, constantly jumping around to new destinations to follow the competition schedule. Traveling around with MTC seems like a standard way of life for me, however I have realised that a lot of people are intrigued at how we go about each year and spend so much time training and traveling with each other. I am going to give a little more insight about the Melbourne Track Club and try to explain a few things you may not already know.

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