NJTS off to burning start in Sydney
The first round of the 2012/13 National Junior Track Series (NJTS) got off to a burning start at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome on the weekend with 150 junior cyclists taking part.
In the under 15 women category, New South Wales' Jessica Saunders (Northern Inland Combine) holds the series leader's jersey and yellow cap after a stellar performance, while Victoria's Riley Hart (Brunswick Orange) has a slender lead over fellow Victorian Isacc Buckell (Regional Victoria) in the under 15 men's standings.
New South Wales cyclist Bridget Mullany (Illawarra Academy) and South Australia's Danielle McKinnirey (Stuart Holdfast Marion CC) staged a furious battle in the under 17 women's events, with Mullany winning the last event to snatch the leader's jersey.
In the teams classification, the New South Wales based Illawarra Academy now holds lead over Brunswick Orange and Northern Inland.
The aim of the NJTS is to provide a quality track cycling competition for junior riders through a club based participation series where riders can hone their skills through racing and development opportunities. It is hoped that it will ensure the long-term future of track cycling within Australia by providing a strong series from which talented riders will transition through to Cycling Australia's high performance programs in the future.
The NJTS will feature five events held in Sydney, Perth, Launceston, Adelaide and Melbourne and is presented by the Santos Tour Down Under, is supported by Cycling Australia and Jayco.
The second round will be held in Perth November 3-4.