Teenage trailblazers

August 22, 2017

Pat, Sam and Jasmine Eddy have made the Victorian Cycling team. Photo by Luke Hemer.

AN ECHUCA-MOAMA family has made Cycling Victoria history with three siblings chosen to represent the state together.

Echuca-Moama Cycling Club members Samual, Patrick and Jasmine Eddy capped off an incredible road race season to be selected into the Victorian State Junior Road team to race at the National Championships in Tasmania next month.

It’s the first time three children from the same family have raced for Victoria in the one year.

A phone call last Wednesday morning confirmed their selection and the entire family is now gearing up for the trip to Devonport next Saturday.

They will arrive a week ahead of the first event, the individual time trial (ITT), on Friday, September 1.

‘‘None of us have raced the track before and it’s good to head over early and do the course a few times to get a feel for it,’’ Samual said.

‘‘We have the ITT on Friday, followed by the road race on Saturday and the criterium (which is a series of timed, shorter laps) on Sunday.’’

Patrick had raced in Tasmania previously at Launceston, but not at Devonport.

It was his third time selected into the state team, having been chosen in the Victorian road race and track teams in 2016.

Samual had raced as part of the Victorian road race team in 2015.

It was Jasmine’s first time representing the state and she said she hoped for a top 10 finish.

‘‘It’s pretty unusual for three kids to all be interested in the same sport,’’ Patrick said.

‘‘And then even more rare to all be good at it at the one time.’’

Samual and Patrick will compete in the under 17 men while Jasmine will race for the under 15 women.

Each expected to do their best in the ITT based on results throughout the season.

They said Queensland and NSW will be their biggest threats when they ride for the state.

‘‘You’re riding as a team so your own results aren’t as important as helping the team,’’ Samual said. ‘‘Sometimes you might have to help one of the other Victorian sprinters to win but it’s still a victory for yourself in the end.’’

Selection into the state team was based on individual results throughout the season and at the state championships.

Samual was looking to finish first in the ITT while Patrick wanted to get a place on the podium.

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