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Is This The Next Cadel?

Posted: 27-Jul-2011 by Maccabi VIC

4 States, 4 Tours, 4 Wins!
Year six King David School student and racing cyclist, Riley Hart, has had a road season to remember. After winning the ‘expert’ under-13 road race at the Australian School Cycling Championships back in March, Hart entered the Winter road season on good form and with the major goal of winning the Canberra Junior Tour – the premier Junior Tour in the Nation.

With victory already locked away in the Wagga Wagga (NSW), Mersey Valley (TAS) and Shepparton (VIC) Junior Tours, Hart was full of confidence heading into the demanding and highly regarded Canberra event that attracts the best juniors from across Australia and NZ. Past winners include Matthew Goss (currently riding the Tour de France), Cameron Meyer and Jack Bobridge.

“Cameron Meyer is the rider I look up to most. I want to follow a similar pathway, focusing on track cycling and then hopefully ending up riding on the road. I email Cam and we compare times from when he was my age.” Hart shares.
The weather was fine but very windy and cold (-1.5 with wind-chill). A hilly 4.5km time trial opened proceedings. Second quickest to the halfway mark, Hart flew down the descent, hitting a top speed of 69kmph, to take the win by some 11-seconds. In the afternoon 18km road race, the effects of late nights at Habo camp were perhaps starting to take their toll as Hart was dropped on the final climb to finish sixth.

Day two weather mirrored the first, but Hart’s legs were feeling better. After missing a two-man breakaway at the turnaround, Hart worked hard to win a bunch sprint for third. This put him third in General Classification with one stage still to go; Hart needed to finish two places ahead of the leading rider and beat the rider holding down second.
Stage four was a 12-lap criterium on a demanding circuit. It was closely raced with attack after attack launched, only to be closed down. It wasn’t until a final lap attack by Hart that the peloton split. Hart drove the pace from a long way out and just got caught on the line to finish second. However his major rivals weren’t in the first four places, so the win was his.

“That was pretty hard, but I’m proud to have won from a tough situation. It’s definitely the best junior tour in Australia and I really wanted to add my name to the honour roll.” Hart said. “Next up is the State Championships on the 6th and 7th of August up at Wangaratta. And I’m also looking forward to riding the Great Vic Bike Ride with school and to racing the Victorian Schools Cycling Championships later next month.”
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