Young guns' efforts in Dubbo shows cycling stocks on the rise

THE Orange Cycle Club senior members will need to watch their backs.

The club was represented by eight junior members at the NSW Junior U9-U13 State Track Championships in Dubbo on the weekend - and going by results, there’s a few up and comers in the ranks.

Max Ringbauer, Xavier Bland, Jarrod Barnes, Oliver Chandler-Sullivan, Damien Chopping, Adrian Ringbauer, Jemima Richards and Aidan Barnes all  contested a one lap time trial, a scratch race and a derby.

Most of the Orange cyclists broke their personal best times in the time trial and were competitive in the scratch race and derby.

Oliver, Damien and Xavier went straight to the final in the under 9s scratch race.

Xavier set sail for home with 300 metres to go and held on to finish third, with Damien fourth and Oliver ninth.

Damien and Oliver also made the under 9s derby final, and this time Damien set the pace.

Both Orange cyclists stormed home with Xavier claiming third and Damien finishing fourth.

OCC junior coach Mitch Bland was delighted with the performance of his young riders.

“The kids all did so well, they have gone from never having ridden track bikes 12 months ago to competing at state level - a fantastic effort,” Bland said.

“The kids will now move into the winter road season, with the NSW Country Road Championships in July. I am sure that this is the start of something great.”

The junior cyclists benefited from the support and coaching of Orange senior cyclists Tim Guy, Gus Tobin, Mark Tobin and Drew Tuckwell during the championships.

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