Jacqueline Holloway training for the Townsville Cup on Wheels that starts today.
Jacqueline Holloway training for the Townsville Cup on Wheels that starts today. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Holloway in the fast lane

CYCLING: Six weeks ago Jacqueline Holloway took up the sport of cycling and now, not two months on the bike, she will make the leap to compete in her first carnival in Townsville.

Holloway will compete in the under-17 division at the Townsville Cup on Wheels this weekend and Rockhampton Cycling Club’s Brett Ruff says she has gained speed and strength in the sport incredibly quickly.

“She already has faster times then some of the other girls on the track that have been there longer,” Ruff said.

“She is brand new. She is very good at ballet, athletics and is an all-rounder, but now she is stepping this way and we have had some great performances from her.”

But Holloway won’t be the only newbie, with a handful of junior cyclists from the Rockhampton Cycling Club also heading to Townsville for their first carnival in their first season.

Felix Holmes-Story is also expected to race in the fast lane at the carnival after recently making cycling his top sport. The 13-year-old is new to cycling, but shows a lot of promise and talent for the future.

“He pretty much wins everything at the club meetings,” Ruff said.

“And he is really keen and we expect him to do really well.”

The juniors will join recent gold medallists Zac Deller, Rebecca Stevenson and Lindsay McMaster, who had success this week at the Queensland state titles and took out more than 10 medals in total.

And although the older competitors will take to the course in a competitive mode, the juniors will be competing for other reasons.

“The main reason we are taking the juniors up to the carnival is for the atmosphere, so they get used to it and get a bit of a feel for racing competitively,” Ruff said.

“It will be good to see how they go against the other riders and get prepared for the Rocky Cup on Wheels.”

Ruff said the Townsville carnival’s races would be handicapped, providing a good opportunity for the young and less-experienced riders.

After the race the juniors will prepare for the Rocky Cup on Wheels in January and the junior state titles.



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