Ju­niors beat the heat at state track car­ni­val

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

ECHUCA Moama Cy­cling Club played host to hun­dreds of the most tal­ented ju­nior rid­ers in the state on Satur­day.

At the 2019 Echuca Moama Ju­nior Track Car­ni­val, cy­clists from as far away as Brunswick in Mel­bourne con­gre­gated to prove them­selves against the best in the state.

And with 52 events held on the day, it was busy from start to fin­ish at the Moama Velo­drome.

EMCC pres­i­dent Ray Hamil­ton said he was thank­ful the weather played its part and the event was not held a day ear­lier in 45.7-de­gree heat.

‘‘It went re­ally well, it could have been a bit bet­ter weather-wise, but it was 46 degrees on Fri­day, and we couldn’t have run it,’’ Hamil­ton said.

‘‘But thank­fully it dropped right back on Satur­day. The only down­side was there was a shower of rain which de­layed our start for an hour, but then blue skies emerged and it was ideal.

‘‘It ran like clock­work af­ter that. There were a few spills but noth­ing se­ri­ous and we fin­ished at about 8pm,’’ he said.

Ma­jor race win­ners on the day were Tarun Cook in the un­der 17 men’s race, So­phie Marr in the un­der-17 women’s race, Jamie Rad­ford in the un­der 15 men’s, and Belinda Bai­ley for the un­der 15 women’s race.

Hamil­ton said vis­i­tors to the track were im­pressed with its de­velop- ment in re­cent years,’’ Hamil­ton said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one who came was pretty amazed by what we have over there. I mean 20 years ago it was just out here by it­self, but there’s so much else go­ing on around it now.

‘‘Our own lo­cals rode re­ally well but un­for­tu­nately didn’t win any­thing. Some of our bet­ter young rid­ers are just over the age to com­pete.

‘‘The four lo­cals rode re­ally well but some of those who came were re­ally good from Brunswick and Bendigo.’’

Cath Grey

PUTTING IN THE HARD YARDS: Ol­lie Ju­ravic leads cy­clists round the cir­cuit at the 2019 Echuca Moama Ju­nior Track Car­ni­val. Pic­tures:

FRIENDLY RI­VALS: Com­peti­tors Belinda Bai­ley, Indigo Skin­ner, Halee Jack and Ava Gi­ra­mondo rest up be­tween races at the Moama velo­drome.

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