Juniors set to make their mark at track

ON the same weekend that Launceston hosts Australia's established cycling stars, the next generation will also be in action in the city.

As part of the festival of cycling weekend, the Silverdome is hosting the third round in the national junior track cycling series.

The competition involves 180 riders from around Australia, the majority of whom will stay in Launceston to contest the junior races on the classic program on Sunday afternoon.

Classic committee member Nigel Baker said the likes of Ulverstone under 15 rider Ronin Munro, Launceston under 17s Zack Gilmore, Harry Baker and Hayden Di Coco-Grant plus Sam Maney, of Devonport, were strong home-state hopes.

``This is national championship level so there's nothing better,'' Baker said.

``It's free entry to the Silverdome and it's the best young racing you can get. It's a very slick, organised package and great to watch.''

Tasmania has a proud record of producing track stars in recent years with Matt Goss and Mark Jamieson becoming senior world champions before Amy Cure, Georgia Baker and Lauren Perry added junior world titles.

Cycling Australia said the aim of the series was to help juniors make the transition to elite racing and ensure the long-term future of track cycling within Australia and the growth of the high-performance talent base.

WHAT: Round 3 of the national junior track cycling series.

WHERE: Silverdome, Launceston.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday nights.

HOW MUCH: Free.

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