Jacqui on the fast track to glory
CYCLING: While many senior cyclists will storm the Rocky Cup on Wheels under an umbrella of achievements, Jacqui Holloway will pedal on the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome with no more than two months experience in the sport.
The 15-year-old made her debut for her first competition last month at the Townsville Cup on Wheels but now she is training up for Queensland’s biggest carnival race on her home turf, the Rocky Cup on January 15-16.
And she said she isn’t nervous.
“I just want to get out there and have a go – it’s in Rockhampton and I know this track now,” she said.
“I went OK at the Townsville Cup, it was a good experience but I was pretty nervous there.”
Brett Ruff of Rockhampton Cycling Club said Holloway stepped up her game at the Townsville Cup and should be at a strong competitive level for the Rockhampton carnival.
“She is going to be competitive, not at the top end of winning the under-17s - which is Taylah Jennings and Alex O’Dea – but she will have a good handy cap shot at the Capricornia Cup,” he said.
But before that the Rockhampton Carnival Holloway will go south for the Bundaberg Cycling Category 3 Track Carnival on January 9. “It’s a different track in Bundaberg compared to Rockhampton’s – it’s bitumen, not a velodrome,” he said.
“But it will be a good experience for her to get use to racing on different tracks.”
Holloway, who is also accomplished in dance and athletics, said she was committed to the sport and wants to build her strength and return to the next track season in exceptional form.
But Holloway isn’t the only newbie on the track, nor is she the only one that shows great promise.
Felix Holmesstory, 10, has been cycling for the last year and Ruff said he will be a strong contender in the under-13 division.
“He is going to find it tough as there is a lot of competition in that division,” Ruff said.
But Ruff said the Rocky Cup on Wheels will be a good experience for both of the cyclists, whether they place or not.