SAMUAL Eddy has taken out the red leader’s jersey in the 2017 Cycling Victoria Junior Road Series with one tour remaining.
The 16-year-old sits seven points ahead of second place and only has the Bendigo Junior Road Races on July 15-16 left to complete the series.
His younger brother Patrick, 14, is following closely behind in third while fellow Echuca Moama Cycling Club member Chase Costello-Manning, 15, is holding 13th position in his first road series.
The trio, competing in the under 17 men category, recently returned from the fourth and fifth tours of the series travelling from Casey Fields in Cranbourne to Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula in one weekend.
Jasmine Eddy, in the under 15 women, also competed throughout the weekend in the Bike Gear Now Blackburn Junior Tour which took place on July 1-2.
All rode exceptionally well on the unfamiliar Casey Fields track in frosty conditions.
The day consisted of a technical time trial course and crit course, which turned into a road race in the afternoon.
Samual made a flying start to the weekend to take out the time trial by 0.5 seconds, Patrick finished in fifth, Costello-Manning in 13th and Jasmine, 13, finished the time trial in fourth, all adding valuable points to their series championships.
They returned to unchanged conditions from the morning, albeit for the increasing wind, for the road race which had the boys complete 20 laps of the course (44km) and Jasmine nine (19.8km).
The boys worked hard throughout the race, not letting their counterparts get too far ahead on what was considered a sprinter’s course.
Samual and Patrick finished ninth and 10th respectively, receiving a bunch time and not losing any ground on their general classification results.
Costello-Manning came in 16th after throwing out some pretty challenging attacks and riding off the front for a solid section of the race.
Jasmine experienced pedal and cleat issues, but finished admirably time trialling for the majority of this stage.
Sunday’s stage at Main Ridge provided one of the most challenging courses they had encountered throughout the series.
Jasmine completed two laps of the lumpy course and rode solidly throughout, tackling some tough climbs and making the most of her steely descending skills to finish the stage in sixth position, taking out sixth in the general classification for the tour.
This sees Jasmine in third overall for the under 15 women A grade division.
The boys took on four laps with vivacious attitudes, keen to prove to the sprinters that the boys from the flats can climb with the best of them.
The first lap saw the bunch ride solidly together but managed to challenge Costello-Manning’s resilience and tip him off in the first nasty dip.
In an act of utter commitment and hard work, he brushed himself off and took on the riders that had been shot out the back of the main bunch and work his way back to the group.
The group had already charged miles ahead and with no chance of reaching them he continued to show determination and sheer climbing ability to reach the main group within the next lap, and not only stayed with them but managed to attack them and even break away on the final leg with teammate Patrick, who has just returned following a clash with a farm dog a couple of weeks ago.
Samual continued to achieve his season’s goals in taking out the king of the mountain (KOM), sprinting to the KOM on each of the four laps.
The final 300-400 metres of the race was outstanding with Costello-Manning and Patrick working their way to the finish line and the final KOM points.
Samual raced past them at a blistering speed, having been a good distance behind hitting a max of 88km/hr in the sprint, to take out the win while Patrick and Costello-Manning crossed the line together in 12th and 13th position.