Josh James rides with all his strength to win the main event.
Josh James rides with all his strength to win the main event. John Casey

CQ claims main cycling races

IT may have been on Townsville’s turf, but Rockhampton cyclists left the locals out in the cold when they claimed the two major events at the Townsville Cup on Wheels, December 19.

The biggest race was clinched by Rockhampton’s 20-year-old Josh James who powered through to take the open men’s wheel race with a handicap of 30 metres.

Taylah Jennings also stepped up to the challenge and took control of the track when she won the open women’s event in the wheel race.

This is not to mention Josh Edwards’s second place in open men’s, Alex O’Dea’s third place in open women’s and Jessen Dodd’s third place in junior men’s.

Yes, there is no doubt that cyclists who plan to travel to Rockhampton’s CQ University Rocky Cup on Wheels on January 15 will have their work cut out for them.

For Josh James, the Townsville Cup on Wheels was his “biggest win yet” and he has set himself up in a good position for the coming carnivals.

“It gives you a lot of confidence and is a booster.

“The win might keep me motivated to train harder,” he said.

The young cyclist, who won the same competition two years ago, said the win was a surprise to him, and was thanks in no small measure to his team-mates who pushed him over the line.

“It was sort of a set up with three of the other Rockhampton boys,” he said.

“We were pretty hard to beat midway through the race and when we started to get the speed, we were going that fast I don’t think they could catch us.”

James admits that he didn’t do enough training in preparation for the event but now, with the win under his belt, he will step up with training to prepare for the Rocky Cup on Wheels.

“I didn’t expect it, I expected to go all right, but not to win it,” he said.

“I only see it as more of a hobby and I don’t see myself going overseas for my racing.”

Taylor Jennings, however, is a different story. The 15-year-old rose to the occasion in the open division and won the wheel race event with a 30 metre handicap with Townsville’s Ruth Corsett nipping at her wheel in second place.

Jennings also took out the combined under-17 and under-19 12 lap scratch race.

Rockhampton’s Cycling Club’s Josh Edwards said Jennings was the most dedicated cyclists they had and trained up to 11 times a week.

“She is much more motivated than most riders and is just keen for it,” he said.

Jennings said she wants to continue down the professional athlete road and is hard at training for nationals in 2010.



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