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Friday, January 22, 2021

Juniors’ busy race period

Hunter District Cycling Club’s talented junior nursery is gearing up for a busy few months as key events on the race calendar zoom into sight.

Juniors have already competed at road tours in Canberra and Goulburn this month and face trips to Port Macquarie and Sydney ahead of the Hunter Junior Tour at Kurri Kurri in July.

Leading the charge is 12-year-old Noah Mason from East Maitland and 15-year-old Lambton cyclist Aiden Sinclair.

The pair will be hoping to gain a spot on the NSW team for the National Junior Road Championships at the Gold Coast in September. 

Noah is competing in the under-15 division this year and is on target for medal-winning performances after claiming bronze in the under-13 track time trial and Criterium events in 2018.

Aiden, who will be competing in the under-17 age group, is the current NSW hill champion.

Joining him in the under-17 age group will be two local nationally ranked mountain bikers, Josh Pajtl of Warners Bay and Owen Tooley of Bolton Point.

The 15-year-olds are new to road riding this year.

Josh notably won his age category at the 2019 Australian Interschool mountain bike competition at Thredbo.

Fellow club riders Caitlin Rose and Thomas Green, 11, Hayley Dell and Jake Pajtl, 12, and 13-year-old Gabrielle Lopez will also be competing amongst the state’s best and will use the races for experience before going into the under-15 ranks next year. 

Anderson Dell, Jackson Yowe and Zach Rowland will race in the under-11 age group.

Hunter District Cycling Club hosts training for juniors at the Newcastle Velodrome, Chatham Road, Adamstown, every Thursday night at 6pm during winter.

Loan bikes are available to any child who does not have a track bike. Each week will see children practice races such as time trial, madison, and team pursuit.

The club has more than 300 registered members and a year-round race calendar.

Winter road racing takes place on Saturday afternoons at the Hunter Economic Zone, Kurri Kurri.

Email [email protected] or visit hunterdistrict.com for more information.

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