Gifted Bunbartha track cyclist Jay Castles has even greater things to look forward to in the wake of his silver medal in the state under-19 keirin event on Saturday.MARC MCGOWAN December 18, 2012 4:10am
Gifted Bunbartha track cyclist Jay Castles has even greater things to look forward to in the wake of his silver medal in the state under-19 keirin event on Saturday.
The keirin is the same discipline Castles, 16, won the Oceania under-19 crown in two weeks ago in South Australia.
Castles won his heat to qualify for the final and took his trademark position in the final behind the motorbike pacer before Colac’s Zac Shaw shot to the front with one-and-a-half laps to go.
The Shepparton Cycling Club member initially let Shaw go then launched a finishing burst that brought him almost alongside his rival rider in the final straight.
Shaw is the reigning under-19 world 1
‘‘I’m really happy. I don’t think I could have done much better with Zac there,’’ Castles said.
‘‘I got about halfway around him and then couldn’t do anything else.
‘‘I was just happy I came so close to passing him. I didn’t think I’d even start coming around him, but I did.’’
Castles can still compete in the under-19 age group next year, whereas Shaw will progress to elite men at that stage.
A third Victorian, John Cochrane, finished third, ahead of ACT rising star Tom Clarke, who beat Castles in the sprint at the previous weekend’s Victorian Track Championships.
Castles will represent Victoria at the national championships next month and said the next six weeks before that would be some of the toughest training he has done.
‘‘I have six weeks until nationals, so the training will be pretty full on,’’ he said.
‘‘It will just be more of what we’re doing now, but longer sessions and, hopefully, that pays off.’’
The Wanganui Park Secondary College student has finished school for the year and said the extra sleep would aid his recovery between training sessions.
Castles thanked his support team.
Voluntary work beckons for David Gawne after deciding to retire as a paramedic.
UPDATE: NSW Police have confirmed the body of a Warrnambool woman, 61, who went missing in the Murray River yesterday has been found.
Sixty years ago, March 5, 1954, was a red-letter day for Tatura, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the first reigning monarch to visit, came to town.
Echuca and Kyabram Fire Brigade will play in today's Goulburn Murray Cricket preliminary final.
Ritchie Aschenbrenner is exhibiting six years worth of paintings, covering a range of styles.
Kyabram's 69th annual rodeo takes place this Friday.
What was expected to be a long wait was anything but as young Seymour man gets heart transplant.
NSW signs historic Murray-Darling Basin Plan agreement.
The History of Tooborac group will be keen for gather more information about its photo collection when the publlic comes to look through its archives.
Three Cobram firefighters have returned safe from the toxic Morwell mine fire in Gippsland.
Gun Rams forward Ash Morris has signed with South Bendigo for the 2014 season and one day hopes to play VFL
Some VIP exotic animals spent the night at Shepparton Regional Saleyards on Wednesday night.
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.