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Northern Sydney Cycling Academy has a BIG DAY OUT


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By El Presidente - Posted on 05 August 2011

Report by Rexine Jones

On Saturday the 16th July Cycling NSW held the NSW Junior Metropolitan Road Race Championships.

For all of us travelling out to the Sutherland Criterium track it was an early morning wake up call to be out there by 8am and ready for the first race at 8:30am.

The morning was wet and grey but all the NSCA kids were ready and keen to get moving through the day.

NSCA team turned out in force with 12 of our the team racing.

First off was the U13G, Sally Potter and Laura Jones contested the 9km event. It was a great race to start with and the girls did us proud. Laura made a sprint to the finish to receive the silver medal. Sally raced strong and hard coming 5th.

So Jake was sitting very patiently for the start of the U13B event….there was a strong start and the group feel into 3 packs…..Jake worked hard and rode strong to finish 7th in the field. We also had Mathew in the field…Mathew contested strongly for 2nd however was just pipped at the post to finish 3rd and get the bronze medal.

Next event was the U15M, Ethan Ryan, Michael Potter and Jacob Jones contested the 18km event. It was a strong field and our boys were up with the bunch. Jacob, riding comfortably, decided he needed a new challenge by getting a flat with 1.8km to go (finishing 7th), Ethan came through 9th but Michael was strong to the finish line receiving the silver medal.

Ok so still no rest for the parents with the U17W up next, Angela Smith is relatively new to the field of cycling but she went out there and despite being heard to say “hills are really not my friend” she worked hard to come across the line strong in 7th position.

Our next event was the U17M…..by now each parent has had two coffees and looking forward to the lunchtime break. Bradley Heap and Harrison Bailey put in the hard yards for the 31km race…..it was fast and furious. Harrison fought Jack Edwards to the line coming home with a silver medal. Brad worked solidly throughout the race to come home 8th.

With the big kids over it was time for the U11’s and U9’s. You might think it’s easy for these pocket rockets, but this was not the case……..

U11G were up next with Sarah McSorely and Ashlee Jones there to set the bar for NSCA. Ashlee set off hard in her 6.4km road race with a goal in mind (although only Grahame Heap and Ashlee knew what it was until the end)……Ashlee lapped her field and all but 3 of the boys (who started 30 sec in front of her) finishing 1st girl (28 sec behind the lead three boys!) to take the gold medal. Sarah fought hard and consistently throughout the race to work herself up to 2nd place and taking home the silver medal.

Ok so the last race of the day and we have not yet reached lunchtime was Alex Jones……U9B. Alex stayed on the older boys bunch for the first 2km but after that the older boys were just too strong. Alex kept up his persistance to finish with the Bronze medal and in 3rd place.

So we all came back on a grey old Sunday morning to contest the road race and Criterium events.

Criterium race results unfortunately only show us the first 5 places
- U9B Alex Jones 4th
- U11G Ashlee Jones 1st, Sarah McSorley 4th
- U11B Harrison Dicker
- U13B Jake McSorley,
- U13G Laura Jones 4th, Sally Potter
- U15MA Jacob Jones 5th, Michael Potter
- U15MB Ethan Ryan 4th
- U17MA Harrison Bailey 4th

Road race results for Sunday unfortunately only show us the first 5 places. For the first time they split U9 & U11 into A & B rather than Boys and Girls (this means the results are a mixture of boys and girls in the A & B races).
- U9A Alex Jones
- U11A Ashlee Jones, 1st girl & 4th outright , Harrison Dicker
- U11B Sara McSorley 4th
- U13B,B Jake McSorely
- U13G Laura Jones 3rd
- U15MA, Michael Potter 4th, Jacob Jones 5th
- U15MB Ethan Ryan 1st
- U17MA Harrison Bailey 5th

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Fantastic work! Well done to you all.

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