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Castles has skin off, but medals on

Shepparton's Jay Castles had a stack at the Victorian Senior Track Championships which robbed him of some skin, but he also won two silver medals and a time trial.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 19, 2013 4:05am

Shepparton Cycling Club’s Jay Castles won two silver medals and took out a time trail at the Victorian Senior Track Championships last weekend.

Jay Castles left last weekend’s Victorian Senior Track Championships missing a bit of skin, but two silver medals and a time trial win would seem to be pretty good compensation.

The Shepparton cyclist and full VIS scholarship recipient won the junior under-19 standing one lap (250m) time trial and also took out silver in the junior under-19 sprint and keirin.

He finished runner-up on both occasions to Bendigo’s Braeden Dean, who finished the competition with three gold medals.

‘‘I just went in there hoping to do well,’’ Castles, 17, said.

‘‘I was really happy with that.’’

Castles finished the time trial last Saturday in 18.7sec and he was confident going in as the last competitor to ride.

‘‘I was the last one off and it wasn’t a PB, but I was still pretty happy with it,’’ he said.

The next day Castles qualified third-fastest in the sprint and made it through to the semi-finals, where he won the first heat, but had a heavy fall in the second heat.

‘‘I fell off in the semi-final of the sprint and I got back on and got through to the gold medal ride-off,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t really have time to put anything on the burns, I just had to get on and ride.’’

Castles won bronze and silver medals from the under-19 men’s keirin and team’s sprint, respectively, at the Cycling Australia Senior Track Cycling Championships earlier this year and said receiving the scholarship had helped this year with travel and accommodation.

He will continue training until the nationals in Adelaide from January 28 to February 1, which his results in Melbourne have made him eligible for.

He also plans to ride at Shepparton’s and Wangaratta’s Christmas carnivals this year, with Shepparton Cycling Club’s to be on December 29.

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