The 2021 AusCycling Junior Road State Championships – Queensland held in Bundaberg over the weekend gave the Sunshine State’s young road racers a chance to show their strength and compete for state champion crowns across three events.
Kicking off with the criterium on Friday and continuing with road races on Saturday, before the individual time trial on Sunday, the championships delivered a complete weekend of gold-medal battles for riders from U9 to U17.
Several stand out performances included that of hometown hero Nathan Lawley, who took home three gold medals in the U9 male category.
Gold Coast Cycling Club enjoyed a dominant championships, with Noah Blannin (U17M), Amelie Sanders (U15F), Alex Hewes (U15M), Reilly Dickson (U11M), and Lauren Rossiter (U9F), all completing the perfect golden trifecta weekend.
Townsville Cycling Club’s Sienna Goulding also won three golds from three races in the Under 11 female category.
Arguably the most impressive performance of the weekend came from Alex Hewes, who took out the Under 15 male road race solo by over a minute.
The Gold Coast CC rider drew on the strength which would see him also take out the individual time trial to break clear and hold his buffer out front in the undulating 40km race.
U15W: Amelie Sanders (Gold Coast CC), Megan Moore (Balmoral CC), Alexandra Larsson (Hamilton Wheelers CC), Eden Sealey-Cunnington (Gold Coast CC)
U15M: Alex Hewes (Gold Coast CC), James Matthews (Gold Coast CC), Samuel Hilditch (Balmoral CC), Ethan Lang (Hamilton Wheelers CC), Toby Jones (Balmoral CC)
U17W: Quinn Findlay (Hamilton Wheelers CC), Akala Keeble (Gold Coast CC), Keeley Henderson (Balmoral CC), Eliza Carnes (Balmoral CC), Georgia Wilson (Balmoral CC)
U17M: Noah Blannin (Gold Coast CC), Jarlath Whittaker (Balmoral CC), Thomas Loadsman (Balmoral CC), Harry Schoff (Fraser Coast CC)
*The team's participation at the 2021 Junior Road National Championships and accompanying staff appointments are subject to the ongoing COVID-19 border and roadmap situation.