2024 School Cycling Championships

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On Tuesday 20 February, several students took part in the School Cycling Championships at Victoria Park. With warm but overcast conditions throughout the day, it set the scene for some incredible racing, first competitive cycling experiences and some all-out efforts.

The event format consisted of three races;

Race 1: Time Trial, riders set off at 30 second intervals to see who can be the fastest over 5 laps of the 1.16km course (approx. 5.8km). An awesome effort by Tomoyuki saw him post the fastest time, narrowly edging out 2nd place by 0.2 sec. The finish position in the time trail then sees our riders separated in to similar capacity grades (A to D) for the following two events.

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Race 2: Points Race, see each grade set off for an 8 to 12 lap race, with the riders staying together for a sprint finish every two laps. Points were awarded for each sprint for the first 4 over the line.

The experience of Tomo in A grade and Chase in B Grade saw both boys come out with a healthy number of points. Grace in her first cycling race managed to hold on for a second-place finish in each of the sprints in the B girls. Tom B riding up in B grade made some courage’s attacks but was unable to hold off some speedy legs in the final sprints.

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Race 3: Criterium Race, saw riders circulate the 1.16km circuit for 10–20-mins with a bell rung at the end of this time signalling 1 lap to go. It was great to see some valiant efforts from Isaac who stuck on the front for much of the first 10-min in the D grade boys and Kye lead the way in the C Grade boys, before the experience of some of the other riders shone through. Chase and Thomas in B Grade both had an excellent ride, Tom held on the pack only losing touch in the last lap as the pace accelerated. Chase positioned himself well for the sprint finish taking the inside line into the last corner and crossing over in third. Tomo’s speed and experience was on display again in the A Boys final, the sun broke through the clouds and the heat really was on. A tactical race saw a few brake-always, and the main group reel them in, in the final two laps Tomo and two other riders split away from the group setting up a photo finish. An electric last 100m saw Tomo edge out his rival by less than half a wheel, requiring the judges to refer to the finish line camera.

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The overall results for the day took the results from each race combined for individual podium placings in each grade. This saw three of our riders take a step onto the podium.

A big congratulations to Chase (yr 10) (B grade boys 3rd Place), Grace (yr 9) (B Grade Girls, 2nd Place) and Tomoyuki (yr 12) (A grade boys, 1st Place) by 1 point.

Valeant performances by Tom (yr 9), Isaac (yr 10) and Kye (yr 9).

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An excellent day out at the track and it would be fantastic to see a larger group of Norwood Riders attend in 2024.

Our thanks to Matt Brinkley, April Kelly and Leanne Sundry for their support of the riders and marshalling.

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