Junior riders shine in tour

WINNERS: Back: Jasmine Eddy, Kaleb Henery, Sam Eddy, Catalina Soto, Jackson Hadden and Angus Gill. Front: Oscar Gallagher, Maxx Nuspan.
WINNERS: Back: Jasmine Eddy, Kaleb Henery, Sam Eddy, Catalina Soto, Jackson Hadden and Angus Gill. Front: Oscar Gallagher, Maxx Nuspan.

Bendigo cyclists impressed in the Merv Dean Memorial Junior Tour on the long weekend.

Just shy of 100 riders from around Victoria and South Australia took part in the two-day classic.

Riders contested a 6.2km time-trial and a road race at Newbridge on Saturday before backing up on Sunday with a road race at Harcourt, including a testing climb of Mt Alexander, and a criterium in Bendigo.

Echuca-Moama’s Sam Eddy took the honours in the under-17A boys tour by 18 seconds from Blackburn’s Harry Morgan, with Pat Eddy a further 14 seconds back in third. Alex Allott was the highest-placed Bendigo rider in sixth place.

Kaleb Henery led a Bendigo trifecta in the under-17B boys tour.

Henery defeated clubmates Connor Symons, Spencer Evans and Harry Nankervis.

In the under-17 girls tour, Brunswick’s Catalina Soto dominated the competition and won comfortably from St Kilda’s Neve Bradbury and Caulfield-Carnegie’s Ashlee Jones.

Olivia Sens was the highest-ranked Bendigo rider in fifth place.

Bendigo’s Jackson Hadden rode brilliantly to edge out Brunswick’s James Anthony and win the under-15 boys crown. Castlemaine’s Tom Nicolson was third.

Echuca-Moama’s Jasmine Eddy was too strong in the under-15 girls tour.

Eddy won clearly from Tess Wight, with Bendigo’s Alessia McCaig riding strongly to surge into third place.

Bendigo riders dominated the under-13A tour.

Bendigo club members filled in the top five placings, with Angus Gill taking the trophy from Nate Hadden, Jayden Padgham, Jamie Coles and Belinda Bailey.

Blackburn’s Oscar Gallaghaer took out the under-13B tour from Wangaratta’s Oliver Hall and Bendigo’s Oscar Terry.

The under-11 tour attracted a field off 11 riders and Brunswick’s Maxx Nuspan grabbed the trophy from Bendigo duo Issac Jones and Chase Hadden.

The King of the Mountain titles were won by Sam Eddy (under-17A), Harry Nankervis (under-17B), Catalina Soto (under-17 women).

The tour was sponsored by McCaig Air Conditioning.