Youngster on a cycle of success
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.