Alessia McCaig's stellar year of cycling has been capped off with another accomplishment.
The 16-year-old was named as the Bendigo Sportsmen's Association Junior Sports Star of the Year.
McCaig's achievements in 2019 include breaking two records at junior nationals, Champion of Champion title for the second consecutive year and a medal haul at the Oceania Track Championships, where she also set new records.
Looking back on the year, McCaig couldn't be prouder of herself.
"I've had a really good year with lots of surprises and great moments," McCaig said.
McCaig started cycling as an eight-year-old, her older brother had grown out of his bike and she decided to jump on and have a ride.
"I really liked riding, I then started to go to races which I really enjoyed," she said.
However, the McCaig name is also synonymous with cycling in Bendigo.
"It's also in my blood," she laughed.
She travels to Melbourne twice per week to train at the VIS under the guidance of Shane Kelly.
McCaig also knows the importance of work off the bike, attending gym sessions three times per week.
The Girton student is heading into VCE next year and plans to pursue a professional cycling career.
"I also want something to fall back on so my focus is on studying something I can pair with cycling, such as nutrition or physiotherapy," McCaig said.
The other three quarterly nominees included basketballer Dyson Daniels, karting ace Harry Arnett and golfer Jazy Roberts.
Daniels made his debut with the Bendigo Braves in the NBL1, in addition to being selected on the Australian team for the FIBA Under-16 Asia Championships.
Arnett created history by taking out the national cadet-12 championship for the second consecutive year.
Roberts won multiple championships in addition to setting a new ladies course record at Belvoir Park GC.
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