Juniors beat the heat at state track carnival
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.’’
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.