Shepparton Cycling Club member Indiana Michel has taken out this year's Fred Icke Memorial handicap race at Creswick.MATTHEW GALEA June 4, 2014 3:39am
Indiana Michel may only be 17, but he has already accomplished something most cyclists won’t in their lifetime.
On Saturday, he won the 55th edition of the Fred Icke Memorial handicap race at Creswick at his first attempt.
‘‘Crossing that line was amazing, I was so excited,’’ Michel said.
‘‘Everyone had been talking about it before I’d done it and it’s something everyone wants to win once in their life.
‘‘To get your name on the honour roll is not something everyone gets to achieve and to have done it at 17 is awesome.’’
In what is his first season of road racing, Michel is turning heads.
Finishing in the top five of his past five races, including a win at the Bendigo Mount Alexander classic, Michel is delighted with how he is progressing.
‘‘I didn’t expect to be going as well as I have been, but it’s going pretty well,’’ Michel said.
The Shepparton Cycling Club member is coached by former Olympian and champion cyclist Steve Fairless, and the teenager is keen to keep improving.
At the moment, the pair’s focus is on Michel’s hill racing.
‘‘That’s what I struggle at the most, so Steve and I go out into the hills and just practice,’’ Michel said.
That practice paid off in Creswick and it was in a tight hill-sprint finish Michel took all the glory.
On the last of three laps of the 44
He won by a cycle’s length, beating Ballarat’s Phil Orr in the process.
‘‘It was a hard, uphill sprint,’’ Michel said.
‘‘In the sprints there’s always a bit of contact because everyone is really close and I’m pretty small as a person.
‘‘All the other blokes were pretty big, but I just had to push through and just go for it.’’
Michel’s attention turns to the five-stage Bendigo Tour this weekend, where he will compete in B-grade.
Dookie artist Andrew Sands gets attention with red dirt-covered ute.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
Malcolm Campbell is the new president of the Lions Club of Tatura after he was inducted by Global Leadership 201V5 chair Pat Mills at the club’s changeover dinner at the Top Pub on Saturday, July 12.
Richard McLean notched up his first win when he took part in Echuca-Moama Cycling Club's fourth and final round of the Ivan and Lorraine Collings Memorial Trophy at Lockington.
Our Lady of Sacred Heart Primary School in Elmore has received a grant which will be used to buy musical equipment for the school.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Cobram Garden Club hosts floral art, cake and more than 40 well wishers at luncheon to celebrate its double-decade milestone.
Despite being two wins from top spot, the Rams are now in a fight to make finals.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
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.