Elite experience for young Colac cyclists

Pictured with ex-world champion Ashley Hutchinson are Colac riders, back, Hamish McDonald, Rupert McDonald, Ty Widdicombe, Harriet O’Hanlon, Fraser McDonald, Annabelle Stoddart and Lachlan Stoddart. Front, Patrick Allan, Nick Callahan, Jack Allan and Kramer Cuolahan.

Pictured with ex-world champion Ashley Hutchinson are Colac riders, back, Hamish McDonald, Rupert McDonald, Ty Widdicombe, Harriet O’Hanlon, Fraser McDonald, Annabelle Stoddart and Lachlan Stoddart. Front, Patrick Allan, Nick Callahan, Jack Allan and Kramer Cuolahan.

COLAC district junior cyclists have tested themselves at the elite level while visiting a state facility.

Eleven aspiring young riders received professional training from former track cycling world champion Ashley Hutchinson, as well as getting their first experience on an indoor hardwood velodrome at Darebin International Sports Centre.

Colac Cycling Club’s Lee Allan said the Cycling Victoria session had proven popular among the young riders.

“A lot of the kids hadn’t ridden track bikes before, they’re very different to road bikes, they just had to bring helmets and cycling gear and they were led by a qualified track cycling coach,” she said.

“We have the velodrome at South Colac but it’s not an indoor wooden one like the Olympians ride on, so it was a great opportunity for the kids.

“The velodrome at its steepest is a 42-degree bank, which is very daunting for some of our junior riders.”

Following the training session the riders were able to complete a time trial, before watching the Victorian Institute of Sport team train on the track.

“The kids absolutely loved it, we’re already organised another visit next school holidays,” Allan said.

The session was good preparation for Colac Cycling Club’s upcoming track season which starts on Friday at Elliminyt’s Ted Taylor Senior Memorial Cycling Track velodrome.

Allan said new riders were welcome.

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