Over the weekend of December 14 to 16 at the Adelaide Superdrome, the Whyalla Cycling Club juniors competed with absolute strength and courage to bring home the most medals ever.
Coach Keith Gibbons was extremely thrilled with the efforts of the individual riders and team event results and reports here how they did Whyalla proud.
U15 Women ‘Queen of the Track’ Quenby Schmitz clearly won every event strongly being quick, smart and strategic in her racing.
She dominated and won gold in her events of individual pursuit, time trial, points, scratch and sprint races.
Congratulations for the top results.
She combined with Macy Brougham U15 Women’s team sprint two laps to win gold and also beat the state record by over one second – incredible!
In the combined U17/U15 team pursuit both Quenby and Macy teamed up with two Northern Territory girls and stunningly took out the bronze medal.
A mighty effort against the top U17 women’s state riders.
Macy Brougham U15 was a first time competitor at the State Titles indoor velodrome track, riding super efforts winning a silver medal in individual pursuit and bronze medals in time trial, scratch 20 laps and three lap sprints final.
Both Quenby and Macy had personal bests (PBs).
Keith said “all riders rode out of their skins with their super-fast times, making Whyalla Cycling Club proud of its junior representation at a state level”.
U17 Cooper Jacobs rode smart in positioning himself and strong in all events over the weekend gaining a bronze medal in the team pursuit with Dylan Stanton and Adelaide rider Max Frost.
Cooper was close to podium finishes in three to four races doing (PBs) in all his races.
He showed good speed and strength and maybe surprised himself for his second year in the State Track championships.
Dylan Stanton U17 also rode very fast, but found for the first year in U17s how tough it can be even though he rode (PBs) in all his events.
U15 Jack Wisbey rode excellent in the scratch race gaining a silver medal and won a silver medal in team sprint and gold in team pursuit a mighty effort well done.
Being in his second year of U15 men he used last years’ experience by showing more confidence in his racing performance and he rode (PBs) in all events.
Coach Keith said “that gaining personal bests (PBs) is almost equal to getting a medal as this shows improvement in their cycling performance”.
U13 Riegan Stanton the ‘Princess of the Track’ having never won gold before won four gold medals and one silver medal.
The gold medals in time trial, points, scratch 12 laps and two lap sprint race.
Just missing out on a gold medal in individual pursuit, she had tough tussles with top U13 rider Annabelle Kelly each pushing the other to their limits.
Coach Keith says “she rode very tactical, with well thought out planning and self-belief to get the results she got.”
U13 Will Thompson was his first year in this grade and showed sheer speed to get a silver medal in the 500 metre time trial and he gained (PBs) in all races and was unlucky not get a bronze medal in sprint event placing fourth.
Keith said “he rode like ‘Mighty Mouse’ all weekend with determination to beat bigger riders in his grade”.
U13 boys Casey Cordingley, his first time in state titles as a second year rider in U13 grade, rode with pure gust and determination all weekend.
He was so close in the individual pursuit of taking a bronze medal and everyone was so proud of his efforts cheering him on from the grandstand.
Benjamin Kade ‘The Destroyer’ in the U11 boys, rode very strong to have a clean sweep in all his events throughout the weekend.
“This was clearly the best results Whyalla Cycling Club has had in the State Track Championships and all Whyalla juniors should be so proud ...”
Coming away with four gold medals for individual pursuit four laps, time trial, points eight laps and scratch 12 laps he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Keith would like to thank Matt Stanton and Andy Kade for all their assistants with preparing juniors for racing, getting ‘them in the zone‘ to perform to their best ability.
He would like to thank all family, relatives and friends and other Whyalla riders in the grand stand for their support, it was very much appreciated throughout the weekend.
He states this was clearly the best results Whyalla Cycling Club has had in the State Track Championships and all Whyalla juniors should be so proud with bright futures ahead.
Our outstanding juniors will be at the Whyalla Track Carnival on February 9 – well worth seeing these future stars on their home track.
Keep the Saturday, February 9, free from 3pm till late to come and watch and support the Whyalla velodrome track riders compete against the best in our state.