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Shepparton riders impress during series

Shepparton Cycling Club members have proven they can compete against the best riders with impressive results during the Christmas Carnival series.

OLIVER CAFFREY January 1, 2014 4:05am

Shepparton Cycling Club members have finished a gruelling four days after taking part in the Christmas Carnival series.

The club hosted its stage of the series on Sunday night, with other legs in Horsham and Bendigo, with the event finishing up at Wangaratta on Monday night.

Some of the fastest riders from Victoria, and the world, took part in this year’s Cycling Victoria races, with Shepparton participants taking it up right up to the best.

Jay Castles backed up his inspired win in the Shepparton men’s wheelrace final on Sunday with a win in the A-grade scratch final at Wangaratta.

Demi McDonald was another Shepparton rider to take on the busy cycling schedule, taking her place in the junior races at all four carnivals.

‘‘I’m really tired today now that’s all over, but I think I did all right, it’s probably not as good as what I had hoped for, but I’m happy with how it all went overall,’’ McDonald said.

McDonald placed third in the under-15 1000m wheelrace in Shepparton and backed it up with an impressive finish to the carnival at Wangaratta, finishing in fourth place in the Victorian scratch race.

‘‘I probably did my best in Wangaratta; I’m thinking I might do most of the carnivals again next year,’’ she said.

‘‘It was really hard riding, they (competing cyclists) know their tactics a lot more and it probably taught me to know when you’re going to have to go and really push at stages in races.’’

McDonald’s next big event will be the Echuca-Moama Cycling Club’s Junior Track Carnival, which doubles as the under-15 and under-17 Victorian Scratch Race Championships on January 12 and 13.

Shepparton Cycling Club president Edward Dalle Nogare said the club was delighted with Sunday’s event and the performance of its riders.

‘‘It was great to see 10 riders from Shepparton competing in the event and we are very happy with the crowd turnout,’’ Dalle Nogare said. ‘‘All local riders are happy with how they went and we are all very proud of Jay for winning the marquee event.’’

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