The Junior National Track Championships were held at DISC arena in Melbourne from the 25th to the 28th of February and two of our junior riders, Braden O’Shea and Cooper Sayers, represented Central Districts Cycling Club and our State extremely well. We congratulate all of the SA riders with many improving on their personal best times and a number of new state records set.
There was much anticipation with the Team Pursuit on the first day of competition with junior under 17 men, which included Braden, Cooper, Liam Nolan (PACC) and Jarad Drizners (KCC) looking very strong in the weeks leading up to this event. Unfortunately Liam crashed in the morning warm up session and was ruled out for the whole championship (we wish Liam a speedy recovery). James Brister (PACC) was called in to the team and all 4 boys performed well to qualify with the second fastest time and ride off for the gold medal against Victoria. The SA boys were not quite able to get past the Vics but were able to set a new state record for the Team Pursuit with a time of 3 minutes 19.784 seconds surpassing the previous benchmark of 3 minutes 23.000 seconds held by Callum Scotson, Alex Porter, Matthew Holmes and Jack Hogan.
The second day of competition brought the Individual Pursuit for the under 17 men and with Braden and Cooper setting some good times at the recent State Championships there was a hope of medals in this event. Unfortunately Braden crashed on the ride from the motel to the Velodrome in the morning and required attention from the medical staff at the track before starting his IP. Braden was unable to match his state time and did not qualify for the finals. A quick trip to the hospital after this ride resulted in 8 stitches being applied to Braden’s hip. Better news for Cooper however after setting a solid time to qualify for the Bronze medal ride off he put in a strong ride to claim the medal. Congratulations Cooper.
Braden was also a member of the Team Sprint with Alistair Barr (KCC) and James Brister (PACC) and after setting a new state record of 49.412 seconds the SA team qualified in third position. The SA team went on to claim the Bronze medal in the final and bettered the state record time once again (49.394). For the final Jarad Drizners (KCC) came in to the team with fresh legs in place of Braden.
There were many highlights from the Championships with a number of SA riders collecting medals and all riders either setting a new personal best time or setting a new state record.
Congratulations to all of the state riders and our club members Braden and Cooper on their medal success.