Not even a broken arm could turn budding Numurkah cyclist Bradley Skidmore off racing.DAMEN FRANCIS January 16, 2013 4:10am
Bradley Skidmore of Shepparton Cycling Club (right) is just beaten across the line by Brunswick rider Leon Pudebat.
Not even a broken arm could turn budding Numurkah cyclist Bradley Skidmore off racing.
The 10-year-old was one of five Shepparton Cycling Club riders to contest the Scott Peoples Foundation Junior Track Carnival hosted by Echuca-Moama Cycling Club at the weekend.
Skidmore, who has only recently returned to the bike following a broken arm sustained while riding to school, collected three podium finishes for the meet.
After finishing fourth in the under-13 boys’ B-grade scratch race, Skidmore came within a whisker of winning the B-grade elimination, before breaking through for a first place in heat two of the three-lap handicap.
Wet weather intervened and forced the cancellation of day two of the event, but not before Skidmore claimed another second place in the B-grade four-lap scratch race.
The spirited young rider, who is in his second season of track racing, said he ‘‘couldn’t believe it’’ when he crossed the line first and praised the input of coach Steve Fairless.
‘‘Me and Steve made a plan, there were four in front of me and it was just to take out the first one, then sit behind the wheel,’’ Skidmore said.
‘‘When we got closer I just said, ‘you know what, I’m going to win’.’’
Win he did and Skidmore said it made up for the narrow miss in the elimination, which ‘‘needed a photo finish’’ and he ‘‘just didn’t have enough power’’ to beat Brunswick Cycling Club’s Leon Pudebat across the line.
Fellow SCC rider Ryan Kilpatrick continued his strong season, with two more victories in the under-17 B-grade nine-lap scratch race and the B-grade keirin.
The success comes on the back of good performances at the Shepparton Christmas Carnival two weeks ago.
Track cycling newcomer Indiana Michel grabbed a podium finish with third place behind Kilpatrick in the scratch race.
Demi McDonald and Jordyn Smith did not manage a placing, but competed well against older opponents in the under-15 girls’ races.
SCC president Edward Dalle Nogare said the positive results showed the young riders were being rewarded for their hard work with coach Fairless, with most down at the Shepparton velodrome twice a week for training.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
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.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
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.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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