2019 JUNIOR ROAD NATIONALS REVIEW BY WESTCYCLE TALENT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR JETHRO NAGLE
Congratulations to all members of TEAM WA who represented Western Australia at the recent Australian Junior Road Nationals on the Gold Coast. The trip was a huge success on many fronts. The Gold Coast was an excellent location for a National event and we were lucky to have near perfect weather for the week (except for the road race).
There were some fantastic results from a performance perspective from each of our riders, such as Emily Wiggins 4th place in the JW17 road race (as a first year) and Joshua Common’s narrow 4th place in the JM17’s Time Trial. We also had some brilliant personal achievements throughout our squad. Finlay McRobbie in his first ever Nationals and as 1st year U15 raced beyond his years, Isabella Common’s second lap in the road race was out of this world and the racing highlight of the trip for mine (and many others who were lucky enough to be in the convoy watching her in full Terminator mode), Nick Bolt’s solo win in his JM15 criterium heat was brilliant and showed real tenacity and was made even sweeter when the commentator initially quipped “the smarter riders are back in the peloton”, only to see Nick win by half a lap, cheers. Zara Williamson’s attitude to her racing all trip demonstrated an extremely coachable attribute, she never gave up, attacked hard in the criterium and rode an awesome TT. Matthew Connan was unlucky to be hindered by the shortened road race (due to crashes) whilst making the final selection of riders, he showed a great level of maturity dealing with the disappointment. Matt’s professionalism is world class. He is a great role model for any up and coming juniors learning how to approach competitive racing and training. Overall, each rider on the team took home valuable experience racing at a National level, key lessons were learned and banked for future racing events and development.
As the team manager for WA the biggest highlight of the trip for me personally, and also from a junior cycling perspective, was the cohesion and brilliant environment we all created throughout the trip as Team WA. Whether someone was in the State Team, representing their club or even travelling on their own, away from the team, we all came together as one united team and looked after and supported each other during the trip, both parents and riders together. It was exactly what I had hoped to facilitate and it will only grow from here. I am incredibly proud of each of you and what WA put together for this years Nationals. The future is looking incredibly bright from the up and coming junior cycling talent in WA.
A final word to the parents, without each of you who traveled with the team, it would not have been such a success. I, and on behalf of the team, am deeply grateful for all the support and hard work you all put in during the Nationals trip. Thank you!
See you at the next race!