Teen represents region at road titles
The South West will be represented at this month’s Australian National Road Titles in Ballarat, Victoria, by Busselton cyclist Courtland Wood.
The event is the pinnacle of Australian cycling running from January 4-8 and is televised on SBS with the best under-19, under-23, elite and para-cyclists battling for the coveted green and gold national champion jerseys.
Winners have the honour of wearing the jersey in all races in which they compete during the year.
Wood, who is 16, will don the colours of Busselton Cycling Club proudly in the under-19 criterium and road race events in his first year in the category.
He is no stranger to national competition, however, having competed for WA in Tasmania and Victoria in the junior ranks previously.
Wood recently competed in the 2018 junior championships in Bunbury, finishing in the top 10 as the first West Australian representative in the under-17 category.
The Year 12 MacKillop College student has been training six days a week in preparation, as well as regularly travelling to Perth to compete in State-level race events.
He trains regularly with Bus- selton Cycling Club members and is supported by the South West Academy of Sport.
The hilly course for the road race is a challenge for all riders and with the flat terrain around Busselton, Wood has been heading to hillier roads at every opportunity.
Wood said he wanted to gain experience and an insight into what is required to be competitive at elite events,
“Hopefully, I can be in the mix for the top positions in future years,” he said.
Busselton Cycling Club president Carol May said the club was very proud of Courtland.
“It’s possibly the first time the BCC kit will have been ridden at the nationals,” she said.