Junios on road to make nationals

Amber Astell leads the under-13 field in yesterday's racing at Exeter. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Amber Astell leads the under-13 field in yesterday's racing at Exeter. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

CYCLING Tasmania held its state junior road racing championships at Exeter yesterday as a team selection event for the national championships to be held in Queensland later in the year.

A total field of about 35 riders from across the state took to the course with the under-13s riding 12 kilometres, under-15s 30km and under-17s, 60km.

In the under-13 combined race, Ulverstone's Sam Walmsley was successful beating home Launceston's Amy Wright and Burnie's Ethan Hubbard.

Hobart's Eddy Calvert took out the under-15 boys' race from Hobart's Mitch Gittus and Launceston's Oscar Davie.

The under-17 girls saw Devonport's Morgan Gillon ride strongly to beat home Ulverstone's Victoria Dean and Launceston's Emily Down.

Launceston rider Hayden Di Coco put in an outstanding ride to win the under-17 boys' race beating home Devonport's Jake Oliver and Blair Austin in a sprint finish.

The West Tamar open senior road race over 60km was taken out by Launceston's Adrian Adams from George Town's Braydon Bennett and Launceston's Sam Callow.

Devonport's Macey Stewart finished fourth.

"We have our time trial and criterium championships in July and the state team goes to Toowoomba in September for the nationals," CT chief executive Collin Burns said.

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