Bunbartha cycling prodigy Jay Castles earned himself a couple of days rest with another state medal at the Victorian Track Championships in Melbourne on Sunday.MARC MCGOWAN December 11, 2012 4:20am
Bunbartha cycling prodigy Jay Castles earned himself a couple of days rest with another state medal at the Victorian Track Championships in Melbourne on Sunday.
Castles, 16, was back competing just a week after his breakthrough Oceania keirin title in South Australia.
This time the Shepparton Cycling Club member contested the sprint against a bumper under-19 men’s field.
Castles set a new personal-best time of 11.1
Colac 17-year-old Zac Shaw, this year’s junior world champion in the 1
Castles claimed the bronze medal with consecutive heat wins against Bendigo’s Braeden Dean.
‘‘I’m really happy. I did some of the best races I’ve ever done against Tom and came close to beating him a couple of times,’’ Castles said.
‘‘We nearly crashed in the second heat, but we didn’t protest because it was both our fault.
‘‘My main goal was to get in the state team and I’ve done that.’’
Castles said the atmosphere at Victorian Track Championships failed to match the Oceania Track Championships.
‘‘There was hardly anyone there compared to the Oceanias and it didn’t feel like a state championships — it was really relaxed,’’ he said.
‘‘I had come from this really big high at the Oceanias with heaps of people, then came back and there were 12 people entered for the sprint.
‘‘It was a bit (hard at first), but after the first qualifying and heat it was all right.’’
Castles said a sub-11
‘‘I will be going up a gear soon, so I’m hoping to go under 11 then, but when you go up a gear you need to be able to push it and keep your old speed, so I’ll have to get used to it,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll have a few days off the bike now, because I’m pretty tired from the Oceanias and states.’’
Castles will contest the keirin on Saturday when the Victorian Track Championships continues.
He thanked his sponsors, including Scott Peoples Foundation, for their support.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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