It was supposed to just be about gaining experience, but Jay Castles got much more than he bargained for at the Cycling Australia Senior Track Cycling Championships.February 4, 2013 5:15am
Jay Castles capped his brilliant season on the track with a pair of medals at the national championships.
It was supposed to just be about gaining experience, but Jay Castles got much more than he bargained for at the Cycling Australia Senior Track Cycling Championships.
The Bunbartha speedster returned home from Sydney yesterday with bronze and silver medals from the under-19 men’s keirin and team’s sprint, respectively.
Castles, 16, won the under-19 men’s keirin at the Oceania Track Championships in December, but faced a crack field at national level on Friday.
He finished third in his heat — with only the winner progressing to the final — but a second-place finish behind New South Welshman Michael Docker in the repechage enabled him to make the six-rider final.
That is when tactics took over.
Castles, knowing he was less physically mature than his older competitors, took a risk in shooting away from his five rivals with two laps still to go.
The effort eventually took its toll on the Wanganui Park Secondary College student, but only South Australian Jai Angsuthasawit and Docker managed to overhaul him before the finish.
‘‘I’m really happy with how I went. I took a big (burst) in the final with two laps to go and tried to hold them off,’’ Castles said.
‘‘I ended up dying in the last quarter of a lap, but held on for third. I knew I didn’t have the speed I needed to get around them, so I thought I could try and hold them off and see how that goes.
‘‘It was more that I’m a year younger than them and don’t have the speed yet.
‘‘The two people who beat me are a year older than me, so it’s good to know I was the first-placed bottom-age under-19.’’
Angsuthasawit, and his teammates, again denied Castles in the team sprint.
Castles, riding alongside Bendigo’s Braeden Dean and Colac’s Zac Shaw, qualified second — just 0.16
‘‘We thought we had a good chance for the win in the team sprint after qualifying,’’ Castles said.
‘‘Then South Australia came out with a crazy first lap and that was pretty much the end of us, but we were still pretty happy with silver.
‘‘It’s been the best season I’ve had, so I’m looking forward to next season and seeing how I go there. Hopefully, I’m able to do better again.’’
Castles said he would take a three-week break now to ‘‘catch up on school work and sleep’’.
He thanked his support team, including his parents, grandfather and sponsors.
‘‘Thanks to everyone who’s helped me out,’’ Castles said.
‘‘I probably wouldn’t be able to go as good as I have if I didn’t have them.’’
McDonald's owners to pass on baton
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
PEOPLE who attended Echuca-Moama’s drug forum this week will think twice before taking ice.
TRUCKS, cars and vintage machinery took over Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday last week.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.