Anna-Leeza passes test
LOCAL cyclist Anna-Leeza Hull pitted her skill against riders from New Zealand and other Pacific nations in the 2013 Ronde Internationale Tour of Cadets in New Caledonia.
The newest member of the Racing Kangaroos squad impressed with her determination and ability, even winning one stage after falling heavily.
Anna-Leeza said that compared to some, "I'm probably good, but I had no idea I'd be up where I am now, competing at this level".
"I knew this would test me out," she said.
"But I had no idea that I'd win five of the six stages.
"I'm really happy.
"Over the holidays, I'm attending a camp at Bathurst before competing in the NSW Hill Climb Championships.
"I am so hungry to represent Australia but there's a fair bit of work to do before that."
Racing Kangaroos team founder and head coach Kurt Polock said Anna-Leeza had gone really well on her first overseas outing.
"Overall I couldn't have been happier with the team performance," he said.
"She was teamed with current time trial champion Tori Saunders. Anna-Leeza won with Tori second, while the boys took the first four places.
"During the fourth stage Anna-Leeza was involved in a fall with a New Caledonian boy but she still went on to win.
"I felt she'd really do well based on how she can perform. If we can harness her energy and power, she'll be a first-class cyclist.
"We've had kids come through and gone on to become junior world champions.
"For mine, she has an excellent opportunity now to perform almost anywhere.
"She just needs to stick to what she's doing as a team player."