Young king Cole riding a high

Lismore 15-year-old Brendan Cole (pictured) is heading to Sydney to represent NSW in the Australian Junior Track Cycling Championships in March, after a brilliant debut for his state in Sydney last month.

Brendan took out two bronze medals in the NSW State Track Cycling Championships in Sydney in late January and his form was so impressive the State Junior Team coach recommended him for a spot in the state squad.

A phone call from the coach this week confirmed Brendans place in the state team and he is currently training every day to reach peak condition for the March event.

This achievement was particularly impressive as it was Brendans first attempt at state level competition and his first time trial event.

In January the youngster outclassed much of the older field in the under 17s category, coming third in the 500 metre time trial with a time of 36.64 seconds.

One of the youngest in his division, Brendan also showed a strong edge in the state-level 2km individual pursuit, breaking the lap record for his division by more than a second.

The Trinity Catholic College student started riding only two years ago and now regularly competes in Northern Rivers Cycling Club events.

Anyone interested in joining the Northern Rivers Cycling Club for the next club race is welcome. Sign-on is at the Ballina Industrial Estate this Sunday, February 18, at 6.30am. Day licences and full club memberships are available on the day. For more information phone Brett Williams on 0419 363 133.

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