NSW Country Junior Championships – Saturday 9 July
Ten OCC juniors headed down to Sutherland for the NSW Junior Champs. All riders gave it their all and it was a great day for Orange cyclists.
In the U9 boys there was a changing of the guard with Nico Chopping coming second and Gydion Dally rounding out the podium. In the U9 girls a very nervous Page Squire in her first regional races came home with the gold!
There was drama a-plenty in the U11 boys with Hamish Blair deciding to have a closer look at the bushes and retiring (not so) gracefully. Xavier Bland took second in a sprint, Damo Chopping was 5th and Charlie Brown was 8th. In the U11 girls, Anja Dally pushed hard to finish towards the back of the pack.
In competitive U13 fields, Micah Dibble and Cennedi Dally rode hard, with Micah winning the bunch sprint and coming in with a huge grin.
Honorary OCC members Ben Anderson and Luke Tuckwell finished just off the podium.
Southern Cross Junior Open – Sunday 10 July
The second day of the “Sutherland” race weekend saw the OCC riders basking in the balmy 18 degree weather. The racing was brilliant in all grades with the kids getting a couple of races each.
The pocket rockets Gydion Dally and Nicko Chopping pulled in two seconds and two thirds in the U9 boys and Page Squire a couple of thirds in the U9 girls. Page, in her first regional carnival gained confidence from every race and finished as happy as Larry. Keep an eye out for that name in the coming years.
The race of the weekend was the U11 boys road race which was decided in a mass sprint won by Xavier Bland, with Damo Chopping finishing 5th and Charlie Brown and Hamish Blair just a few lengths further back.
In the U11 and U13 girls Anja and Cennedi Dally respectively kept up with strong fields for the first couple of laps before falling back.
Finally, the award for grin of the day goes to Micah Dibble who busted it out for 4th in a sprint in the U13 boys B grade road race.
As a parent and coach it is so good to see each of these kids achieving their goals and doing so safely with good grace. One of the great joys of regional carnivals is seeing kids from all clubs tearing around between races playing with each other.