WHETHER it’s cement or dirt, Belinda Bailey is hurtling around the cycling track in quick time.
The youngster from Bendigo thrilled fans and stunned rivals at the recently-run Ararat track cycling carnival.
Racing in the under-9 class, Belinda won the wheelraces in fine style.
Despite starting the 500m handicap at five metres behind scratch, the talented youngster overtook every rider on the track.
There was more to follow as she won the 750m race, despite being 25m behind scratch when the gun wa fired.
Belinda also won the 500m scratch race and 750m scratch race.
By the time the carnival was over, Belinda had earned the female rider of the day award.
The keen youngster and her Bendigo clubmates were in hot form at Ararat.
Juniors from Bendigo to achieve placings in handicaps or scratch races were Alia and Jiah Polidano, Alessia and Connor McCaig, McCaig, Baxter Symons, Greasion Jelbart, Ruby McLean, Stuart Bailey, Will Allen, Sarah McLennan, Clare Cook, Caleb and Jacob Henery.
A lot of them have progressed or are in the Sunday J-Cycle program run by Noel Sens, Steve Flood, Sam Verlin and Bendigo DCC members.
Many of Bendigo’s rising stars will be racing tonight at the Ton Flood Sports Centre from 7pm.