With the NSW Junior Road Championships done and dusted for 2017, the road season for the kids has come to a close. I have included below the highlights of what was a fabulous weekend, but I also want reflect on the season and what we have coming up for the track season.
NSW Junior Road Championships
OCTC had 13 juniors riding in Wagga over the weekend, with kids racing in all age groups from U8 participation all the way up to U15 Boys. Each of the kids rode really well and, most importantly, they all had fun and stayed upright.
The highlight from a results perspective was Ben Anderson who gave a lesson in class and grit. After a winter of intense training and dominating the U13 boys, Ben was pipped for gold on Saturday morning in the ITT by 8 seconds by Hugh Harvey of Randwick Botany CC. He put aside his disappointment for the road race and his father John and I had the privilege to watch a masterclass in cycling from the Commissaire’s vehicle as Ben and Hugh shelled riders out the back on the long hill on the 15km road course. Ben launched a viscous attack on the last pinch of the hill, cresting 100m ahead of Hugh. To his credit Hugh fought back and the two fought it out for the sprint, with Ben taking gold. In the Crit on Sunday Benji and Hugh again showed their class, gapping the field, before cooperation broke down and they sat up, allowing the bunch to make the catch. In the finish, Ben again took the sprint – by a mere 0.01s! Keep an eye on this kid – he will be an ornament to the sport in years to come.
Each of the other kids rode to their maximum, with a number handicapped by ill health, the cold weather and a curtailed preparation. An honorable mention goes to Micah Dibble who was riding his best race of the season when he and another rider cane into contact, shearing Micah’s seat stay from his bike and locking up his rear wheel. Not only did he keep it upright, he also helped the other rider from the road and looked after him until medical assistance arrived. Chapeau Micah!
Finally, thanks to the Wagga CC for hosting the event, it was as fantastic as always, and to the riders and parents for a great weekend.
Road Season Wrap up
With the State Champs behind us, the road season has officially come to an end. However, before we all collapse into a heap, a few thanks and acknowledgements are due.
Wendy Dibble – for keeping us organised and in line
Colin Dibble and Drew Tuckwell – for coaching throughout the season
Lea Dally – for organising the accommodation and reminding the rest of us when we had forgotten something
The parents – for dragging the kids along to training in the cold, standing around in strange bike sheds, driving all over the countryside to carnivals and for your good humor and excellent company along the way.
The kids – for (mostly) trying their hardest at training and in the races, for looking out for each other and most of all for having fun and making the grown ups proud.
Training will take a back seat for a few weeks while the parents and kids take a well earned break. We will start up again in mid-September. In the meantime – get out on the bike and have fun with the kids.
Track Season preview
Details are still being worked out, but we know the following
Tuesdays – Racing, juniors and seniors – from 3 October
Thursdays – Squad training
Sundays – skills – from 8 October
Carnivals – TBC, but the definites are as follows.
Bathurst Open – 28 October
Orange Open – 27 January
Dubbo Open (and U9 to U13 States) – 10 and 11 February