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.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.