Junior cyclists off to state finals

Colac district’s junior cyclists, back from left, Kate Allan, Rupert McDonald, Ty Widdicombe and Hamish McDonald all won through to the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships Road state final at Bendigo in October.

Colac district’s junior cyclists, back from left, Kate Allan, Rupert McDonald, Ty Widdicombe and Hamish McDonald all won through to the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships Road state final at Bendigo in October.

UP-AND-COMING Colac district junior cyclists have advanced through to a state final after dominant rides at a regional final.

Ty Widdicombe, Colac West Primary School, Kate Allan, St Mary’s Primary School, Rupert McDonald, Colac West Primary School, and Hamish McDonald, Colac Secondary College, all qualified for the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships Road state final at Bendigo in October.

The quartet put in strong performances at a Western Zone race at Ballarat earlier this month to grab a spot in the Victorian finals.

Hamish McDonald won the male under-15 novice, brother Rupert claimed victory in the male under-13 novice and Widdicombe placed second, while Allan finished runner-up in the female under-13 novice.

Colac Cycling Club official Anthony McDonald said the results were pleasing for the junior riders, who only started competitive cycling less than a year ago.

“They’re all really stoked that they went there and got a medal and had some success, and they’re looking forward to the final,” he said.

“It’s run by Cycling Victoria and it’s a pretty well-run event, that was the Western Zone, and they’ve qualified for the state finals in October.

“There are two categories to it, they run a novice category for riders who have been competing for less than 12 months and another category for others who have been competing for longer than that.

“All of our kids competed in the novice category and they all did really, really well.”

Mr McDonald said the enthusiastic juniors would be putting in the hours on the bike in preparation for the October 12 event.

“Club wise they’ll be racing most Saturday afternoons and they train Tuesday nights usually, so they’ll be consistently riding,” he said.

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