WA cyclists race away in time trial
WESTERN Australian Cameron Meyer is the man to catch after day one of under-19 competition in the Mooball Festival of Cycling held at Wooyung yesterday.
Meyer, from the Midlands Club in Perth, virtually booked his spot on this year's Australian under-19 team for the World Championships in Belgium in August, with an impressive performance in the opening time-trial. The Mooball event is the second and final trial before the Australian team is named later this month.
The 18-year-old, who dominated the first team trials in Canberra last month, completed the 24.65km course on the Wooyung-Pottsville Road in 32 minutes and 39 seconds.
He was about a minute ahead of his nearest rival, Matt King (33.36.56) with Queenslander Shem Roger just behind in (33.36.88).
The men now face a 121km road race today from Mooball's Moo Moo cafe over the Burringbar Range to Stokers Siding and Tyalgum and return. The competition culminates in a 117km race tomorrow.
The under-19 women's race was combined with an Open women's event. But despite having many older and stronger riders in the field, it was under-19s competitor Josephine Tomic, also from Midlands in Perth, who was fastest, completing the 16.25km event in 24:30.33.
Brisbane-based Open rider Liz Young was second in 24.42.26. The women travel 85km today and a further 82km tomorrow.