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Anna-Leeza is pedalling her way to the top

PEDAL POWER: Anna-Leeza Hull (17), of Modanville, is looking to get a podium finish at the next world championship. Marc Stapelberg
PEDAL POWER: Anna-Leeza Hull (17), of Modanville, is looking to get a podium finish at the next world championship. Marc Stapelberg

MODANVILLE cycling champion Anna-Leeza Hull, 17, is pedalling her way to the top of the world podium after being selected to ride for the National Junior Team for the 2014 UCI World Championships in Spain.

The sought-after selection comes off the back of claiming the 2014 time trial and junior mountain climbing national championships earlier this month.

"It's absolutely amazing and I won by such a large margin in the time trial that I just couldn't believe it," she said.

"I expected to do really well but I didn't expect to do that well, so I was absolutely thrilled.

"In Spain I'd really love to make podium in time trial or the road race, that would just be an amazing end to such a great season."

The young rider's success is even more impressive when you consider she's been doing in for less than three years.

"Most of the girls that I'm racing have been riding for seven or eight years now, so it's quite unbelievable," she said.

"When I first got on the bike, I just knew that it felt really good and that I was a natural at it and since then I've just kept pushing myself really hard.

"Also, being the only cyclist around here and having to push myself to my limits and not having anyone to compare to has made me work much harder."

Anna-Leeza's win in this year's national championships followed a bad crash at the end of last season.

The crash happened just five weeks out from the 2013 national championships, leaving only two weeks for serious training after taking two weeks out of preparation time for injury recovery.

"Within that two weeks I had to really push the boundaries and try and get back into shape, so since then I've been able to train much harder," she said.

"This year it was really, at the beginning of the season, about proving to myself that I could still do it because I was pretty demoralized by such a horrible end to a really great season last year."

Topics:  cyclist, junior



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