Many rising stars have graced the Junior State Titles and Open Track Carnival at Dubbo in the past and many have gone on to reach great heights.
The latest in that long list of talents may have been uncovered on the weekend.
Bathurst young gun Ebony Robinson was “virtually untouchable” at the Victoria Park track, dominating every event she contested.
The carnival, for rider ranging from the under 9s through to the under 13s, attracted huge numbers again but it was under 13s rider Robinson who stood out.
The young gun collected the prized Jackson Pascoe Memorial Trophy, the award for the weekend’s most outstanding rider.
It’s the second time Robinson has claimed the award after winning it in 2017.
The prize is named in honour of the state gold medallist who died tragically in a road accident, aged eight, in 2005.
“She’s an outstanding rider,” Dubbo Cycle Club president Matthew Gilbert said after Robinson swept the pool.
“She’s untouchable compared to the other riders. She’s under-13s and she’s so fast.
“There’s been some awesome winners (of the Pascoe award) and she’s cleaned up and is really exciting.
“Bathurst should be well proud of her.”
Robinson won the one lap time trial by over three seconds, took home gold in the scratch and went through the entirety of her sprint rounds undefeated to claim all three golds in her age group.
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Robinson previously won the junior girls 13 derby during the Clarence Street Cyclery Cup late last year, while she also picked up gold in the NSW elimination championship there.
Bathurst fielded an all-girls lineup at the event.
Jenna Gallagher, Hallie Allen and Sienna Allen raced in under 11s and showed improvement over the course of the event.
All three girls made it into the scratch race final where Gallagher put in a strong ride to claim bronze.
On the following day the trio all made it into the sprint semi-finals, where Hallie Allen narrowly missed a medal in fourth.
Robinson was joined in the under 13s by Lara Allen and Charlotte Lovett.
Allen put in excellent rides considering her hampered preparation, on account of illness, while Lovett claimed a top 10 finish in the time trial and qualified for the scratch race final.
Meanwhile in the feature Cliff Hazell Memorial Wheelrace it was Stephen Cuff who took the spoils.
Oceania champion and home city hope Kurt Eather gave it his all in the race but he was pipped at the post by NSW Institute of Sport star Cuff.
She’s untouchable compared to the other riders ... [and] Bathurst should be well proud of her.Dubbo Cycling Club president Matthew Gilbert
Eather did a huge amount of work to get up in the handicap event but Penrith’s Cuff, another of the country’s most exciting riders, surged late to take the crown.
“He (Cuff) was the scratch marker and started on the start line with all the others in front of him,” Gilbert said.
“He’s extremely fast and gifted and that’s what we want here. We want the best in the state challenging us and it’s what we got.
“It was really good racing and it was really, really hard-fought at the finish.”
The under 15s and 17s will get their chance to shine in their Junior State Titles when they take to the Dunc Gray Velodrome boards starting on February 22.