Teen rep­re­sents re­gion at road ti­tles

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Jack­son Lavell-Lee

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.

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