2012/13 National Junior Track Series signs off in style
Following five months and five rounds of track racing throughout the country, the National Junior Track Series (NJTS) came to an end at the Darebin International Sports Centre Velodrome in Melbourne.
The 2012-13 season was again a winner, with one hundred and thirty plus riders using Saturday's last round of the NJTS as a final hit out before the Cycling Australia National Junior Track Championships, which are being staged in Adelaide from Wednesday 27 February.
The series winners in each age division were Jessica Saunders (Northern Inland) in the junior women under 15s and Riley Hart (Brunswick) in the junior men under 15s division.
Courtney Field (Carnegie Caulfield) on her home track, jumped up to take out the hotly contested junior women under 17s. The Carnegie Caulfield sprinter tackled endurance events in the final round to see her take the leader's jersey and win this division.
All-rounder Matthew Jackson (Perth HCS) played a very smart hand in this round, doing enough to protect his overall lead and winning the junior men under 17s comfortably.
The Illawarra Academy smashed its opposition to take out the NJTS Club/Combine section with 316 ranking points. The best placed club was Brunswick CC 185 points adrift from the Illawarra Academy with Carnegie Caulfield finishing third.
Close to two hundred and sixty (260) junior Cycling Australia track cyclists sampled the NJTS this season with an average of one hundred and thirty (130) at each of the five rounds.
"This competition is successful because of its overwhelming popularity and thanks to the backing from CA juniors members, clubs and combines who have experienced its value and potential," said NJTS Coordinator Max Stevens.
"We would also like to sincerely thank the host clubs, state associations and the many officials that assisted greatly in the rolling out of the NJTS.
"Lastly, thanks to our major sponsors, CA's High Performance and Participation departments, the Santos Tour Down Under, Jayco and GreenEdge.
"A big thank you from all associated with the Series," Stevens added.
Cycling Australia would also like to acknowledge the commitment and support from the riders, coaches, managers and parents involved for supporting the National Junior Track Series for 2012-13.