NEXT year some of the world’s best cyclists will take to Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games, but on the weekend two Bathurst Cycling Club juniors got their chance to tackle the boards.
Both Tyler Puzicha and Luke Tuckwell competed in the third round of the National Junior Track Series as part of the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) team.
Puzicha picked up four podiums in her junior women’s 15 category, which elevated her to seventh overall in her category – an impressive effort given injury kept her from competing in the opening round of the series in Melbourne.
On day one in Brisbane, Puzicha took out the derby sprint final ahead of Balmoral Blue rider Isabelle Carnes.
The following day Puzicha was third in the points race final, then a close second in the keirin final as she was beaten by the narrowest of margins by arch rival and former Bathurst rider Lucy Stewart.
However, Puzicha then took out another derby sprint final, this time holding off fellow WRAS rider Zara Fuller.
Tuckwell was solid in the longer endurance events in the junior men’s 15 division as he improved five places in the overall ranking to now sit 17th.
He qualified for the finals of the opening enduro, mystery lap and the scratch race on day one, placing fifth, third and fourth respectively.
On day two Tuckwell was near the front of the field in both the points race (ninth) and the tempo (eighth).
The series concludes at the Adelaide Super Drome on January 11-12.