PORT Macquarie teenager Miren Davies surprised everyone with a bronze medal finish at the Junior Tour event over the long weekend.
Cyclists in the under-nine, under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-17 boys and girls all vied for the title.
Port Macquarie Cycle Club representative Georgie Hawkins said it was a breakthrough result for Davies in the under-17 criterium race.
“She backed herself on the home straight and had a go and it was a great result for her,” Hawkins said.
“It was a random out of the blue result for her because she’s normally on the back of those girls and pulled one out of the bag. It was a standout result.”
Not to be outdone, Port Macquarie Cycle Club teammates Jonah Hamer (sixth in the criterium) and Alani Cockshutt (fifth in the time trial) also performed strongly.
“Alani and Jonah are usually in those spots, but for Miren it was a real breakthrough race for her,” Hawkins said.
“It will give her a lot of confidence and something to build on.”
After last year’s event was washed out due to torrential rain, the Hastings held their first junior tour in more than 10 years.
“Last year we were rained out and so the last one here would have been when they had the NSW championships 13 years ago,” Hawkins said.
Last year we were rained out and so the last one here would have been when they had the NSW championships 13 years ago.Port Macquarie Cycle Club's Georgie Hawkins
“It’s very much been a reinvigorating way of getting junior cycling back here because they haven’t had a junior tour because they haven’t had any kids.
“There’s been no juniors here since Liam Magennis left and he’s 22 now; Jonah is 13 so that gives you an indication of the gap.”
Hawkins said riders from Tamworth, Orange, Illawarra and Coffs Harbour travelled to the event.
“The good thing about having it up here meant some children from Port Macquarie and Grafton came who would never travel to Sydney or Goulburn,” she said.
“They got to experience what it’s like and for a lot of them it was a bit of a shock.
“The kids who travel the tour; there’s eight tours, so they all go to state or nationals and there’s probably 30 or 40 kids who go so it’s that elite [competition].”