Youngster on a cycle of success

Modanville cyclist Anna-Leeza Hull with her medals from the Australasian Cycling Schools Cup.
Modanville cyclist Anna-Leeza Hull with her medals from the Australasian Cycling Schools Cup. Richard Forbes

ANNA-LEEZA HULL of Modanville competed at Shepparton in Victoria in the Australasian Cycling Schools Cup last week.

The 14-year-old said that she had entered the Under-16 time trial event to "help release some nerves".

"I had no idea that I would finish second," she said.

"And that was to a girl who I would later beat in the road race.

"The time trial allowed me to pick out the strong riders I needed to watch out for in the road race.

"But some of them in the road race were 17 and 18 years old; I was a bit surprised but I didn't let it bother me.

"During the event, I heard a group of four girls from the same school talking about breaking away.

"They did and were about 100 metres ahead of us; it took a couple of kilometres but we caught them.

"With about 200 metres to go, three 18-year-olds, one 17-year-old and I broke away and, when we crossed the line, I won."

For the 12km time trial, Anna-Leeza's time was 21m21.17s, about 50 seconds behind the winner.

For the 46.8km road race, she clocked a winning time of 1hr23m13s.

At the weekend, this exciting young cyclist completed her usual 80km ride on Saturday, then a 170km ride from Tenterfield to Lismore on Sunday.

She is believed to be the youngest cyclist to complete that journey.

Anna-Leeza eventually wants to represent Australia at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Topics:  cycling, junior sport



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