Alex O’Dea is hard at work, training in preparation for the state titles this weekend.
Alex O’Dea is hard at work, training in preparation for the state titles this weekend. Allan Reinikka

Alex to head to state titles

ROCKHAMPTON is the home of a growing stampede of young female cyclists that will now band together and head to the state titles in Brisbane this weekend.

Alex O’Dea is one cyclist that tends to slip under the radar behind other Rockhampton speedsters but this 15-year-old can’t hide any longer after her stellar performance at the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels.

The young Rockhampton cyclist has pushed through the ranks for the past seven years and now sits in top form as she glides into the Junior Track State Titles this weekend.

O’Dea’s true strength and speed was quickly picked up on Friday night at the Rockhampton carnival when she seized the women’s combined 1600 metre handicap in front of favourite Taylah Jennings.

From there she was then given a tougher handicap going into the women’s biggest race on the Saturday night, the Capricornia Cup on Wheels, but still sped past about 10 other fierce competitors to claim fourth place.

“My main goal (at the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels) was to finish high in the Capricornia Cup and I did,” O’Dea said yesterday.

“I am very happy with what I placed, considering I was moved from a 75 handicap to a 45, which is right at the back.”

The Rockhampton Cycling Club athlete now has her wheels in motion for the state titles this weekend and has yet again set her sights on her goals.

O’Dea said she hopes to win a medal or place high in all of her events and step up her game to qualify for nationals that takes off in March.

“The 500 metre time trial will be my strongest event and also our team sprint – I will be with Taylah (Jennings) in that one so we should do well,” she said.

“I will also compete in the five-kilometre scratch race and that will be close between all of us because there is a good field of riders.”

O’Dea will pedal on the Chandler track in Brisbane accompanied by the force of other local speedsters Taylah Jennings, Melanie Plane, Meaghan Adair and Jacqui Holloway.

The states titles will be held from January 21-23.



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