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Young stars set a hot pace

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January 10, 2018

A MASSIVE weekend of track cycling at the Moama Velodrome was highlighted by the running of four state titles in Saturday’s brutally hot conditions.

A MASSIVE weekend of track cycling at the Moama Velodrome was highlighted by the running of four state titles in Saturday’s brutally hot conditions.

But there was action for all ages in the weekend’s Moama Bowling Club Junior Track Carnival, with races packed into Sunday for under nines right through to under 17s.

The action included some brilliant sprint finishes and powerful performances from backmarkers spotting rivals massive handicaps.

Carnival co-ordinator Edie Haley said the event had attracted a huge and varied field, with riders from South Australia, New South Wales and Canberra.

‘‘We have a rider from Germany too, Tim (Teutenberg) in under 17s. He’s racing, as his dad used to be a cyclist in Bendigo,’’ she said.

‘‘We even have a rider from Port Adelaide racing in the under nine boys. It’s pretty extraordinary to see him travel up and it’s great to see the support they all bring.’’

The Victorian Pointscore Championships held on Saturday were the biggest of the weekend. They were brought forward to be the first races of the day to avoid the worst of the 40-plus degree heat.

‘‘(They are) races held over a certain number of laps with sprints throughout worth a certain amount of points,’’ Haley said.

‘‘The under 17 mens was a 54-lap race with seven sprints in it.

‘‘The Melbourne kids got the better of the country kids in the state titles but it’s not the end of the world, we had a few up on the podium, which was good to see.

Bendigo’s Alex Allott won the under 17 boys and Tarun Cook won the under 15 boys.

Hayley Jenkins won the under 17 girls while Lucinda Stewart won the under 15 girls.

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