BENDIGO cycling young gun Alessia McCaig has added an incredible fourth gold medal at the 2018 Junior Track National Championships in Melbourne.
The 14-year-old capped an astonishing championships by winning the women’s under-17 keirin on Saturday morning.
It followed her victories earlier in the week in the women’s under-17 sprint and 500m time trial and as part of the women’s pursuit team.
McCaig narrowly missed adding another gold on Friday night after finishing second in the women’s team sprint with team-mate Keely Bennett, from the Brunswick Cycling Club.
She claimed another silver on Saturday when beaten by a whisker in the 20-lap scratch race.
It’s been a whirlwind few months for McCaig, starting with her victory in the Junior Women’s Austral Wheelrace in Melbourne in December.
Her four gold medals and two silver saw her crowned champion of champions at the national titles.
A solid Friday for the Bendigo and District Cycling Club riders competing in Melbourne included a gold medal to Patrick Eddy in the under-17 50-lap point score.
His sister Jasmine Eddy placed fourth in the 500m time-trial, one spot ahead of Bendigo and Victorian team-mate Ruby McLean.
Jacob Henery placed fourth in the men’s 500m time trial.
Victorian teams dominated Saturday’s keirin events, winning gold in all four events (men’s and women’s under-15 and under-17).
On Saturday, Patrick Eddy, Ruby McLean and Jacob Henery played pivotal roles in helping their Victorian team-mates to podium finishes in their respective scratch races.
A brilliant championships for the Victorians ended with 34 total medals, 12 of them won by Bendigo and District Cycling Club riders.
Patrick Eddy won two gold, adding to his recent win haul which included a victory in the junior men’s 17 A-grade scratch race at the Austral Wheelrace meeting.
Bendigo medal count
Alessia McCaig: Four gold, two silver;
Patrick Eddy: Two gold;
Blake Agnoletto: One gold;
Jasmine Eddy: One silver;
Alex Allott: One silver;
Ruby McLean: One bronze.