Field and Cummings star; 10 CCCC riders in Vic Track team
It has been a busy time on the track for our junior stars with competitions at State and International level, and recent announcement of the Victorian State Track team to contest the Junior Track nationals in Adelaide in March.
Courtney Field pulled on her first Australian jersey when she was selected as the only under-age rider at the recent Australian Youth Olympics in Sydney. Courtney had an outstanding meet winning two gold medals and a silver, as well as an exhibition keirin race. Courtney teamed with Tian Beckett (WA) to record a new U19 Australian Allcomers record in the Team Sprint of 35.364 seconds – not bad for an U17 rider! In the individual sprint, Courtney won the final for Gold in two straight races, and was unlucky to be boxed in during the keirin race but still forced her way into second spot. She made no mistake later in the evening when she won an exhibition keirin race, with daylight second.
The recent Victorian Junior State Track Championships saw a huge number of Carnegie riders in action, many competing in their first championships.
The podiums were littered with CCCC riders, many taking many multiple medals. Georgia Cummings made it a clean sweep of four golds at DISC which added to her Points and Scratch Race Championships earned earlier in the season meant she achieved the extraordinary feat of taking out all six Victorian track titles in her age group. This is all the more remarkable given she is a first year U15.
In the U15M, Tom Benton’s consistency, with four fourth places, has earned him a place in the Victorian Junior Track Team.
Recent arrivals from Perth, Brook and Gary Ramshaw both took home a swag of medals with Gary winning the U17M Sprint and Time trial, and Brook winning gold in the 500mTT, and silver and bronze in other events.
David Koroknai is already showing the benefits of switching to Hilton Clarke’s Sprint squad, earning two bronze medals in the Sprint and TT.
The race of the weekend was undoubtedly the final of the U17M 2000m pursuit where James Tickner and Caiden Hull went at it hammer and tongs and the gap never being more than a fraction of a second. Ultimately James prevailed to take gold by a few tenths of a second.
Victorian Junior Track team
There were an incredible 10 Carnegie riders selected for the 2013 Victorian Junior Track Cycling Team, reflecting once again the strength of our Junior Development Programme.
Congratulations to the following Carnegie riders:
Tom Benton (U15M)
Georgia Cummings (U15W)
Alana Field (U15W)
Gary Ramshaw (U17M)
David Koroknai (U17M)
James Tickner (U17M)
Caiden Hull (U17M)
Thomas Verlys-Donk (U17M)
Courtney Field (U17W)
Brook Ramshaw (U17W)