Cyclists win interschool series
SCOTCH CYCLISTS IN THE COMBINED STATE ROAD SCHOOLS’ FINAL COMPETITION.
The Scotch cycling team was thrilled to welcome Shane Kelly OAM at the commencement of our season as our head coach. He has had a very positive influence on the boys.
Shane was a professional track cyclist for many years, competing in five Olympic Games in which he won three medals. He also won 14 world championship medals, including four gold medals.
Shane assisted the team to train hard, work together and participate in as many races as possible. As a track specialist, Shane led our regular track sessions at the Darebin International Sports Centre on Monday nights in Term 1 and guided the boys on Wednesday and Saturday mornings as we trained at the Hawthorn velodrome and on the Yarra Boulevard. The sports centre is a Union Cycliste Internationale-accredited track, where the boys learn to ride fast in close proximity in a very safe environment.
The team was very pleased to win the inaugural season of races known as the Victorian Interschool Cycling Series (VICS). The series comprised seven rounds of racing on closed circuits, and was made up of criterium races, team time trials, individual time trials and a hill climb race up Arthurs Seat.
The boys won the boys’ school event by two points from St Kevin’s College in a very competitive series. The races were put together by a committee of mostly Scotch parents with Bruce Carter, Justin Mackellin and Hamish Christie-Johnston (‘82) working with Cycling Victoria and members of the Hawthorn Cycling Club to plan and arrange the series. The team has some very talented boys dedicated to working seriously to achieve well in racing.
JOHN FLYNN – TIC, CYCLING