Cyclist gets set for huge career

ANTHONY Tononcelli has had a great year.

He recently received the Western Sydney Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year award for cycling.

Anthony, 15, rides with Marconi Cycling Club.

The Cecil Hills boy is now riding high and is regarded as one of the future top road-racing riders.

Anthony got the award for his improvement, participation and good attitude in training and competition.

He has leapfrogged from D grade to B grade in less than a year.

A grade is the highest level at Marconi Cycling Club.

"I started riding at 11," Anthony said.

"I joined the Western Sydney Academy of Sport this year and I am happy with my progress.

"My coaches Nash Kent and Mark Craig have helped with my development."

The year 9 student at Freeman Catholic College said he was thrilled to get the award.

"I got a trophy to keep forever and a perpetual trophy to keep for one year."

Anthony said he rides between 200 and 250 kilometres a week in training.

He races weekly with Marconi and at other club run events.

Anthony stands 170 centimetres tall and weighs 60 kilograms.

His cycling coach has told him he has the physique of a "mountain climber," suited to road racing and endurance events.

"I do race on the track but I am better suited to road events," Anthony said.

Twice a week he trains or races at Western Sydney International Dragway and Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek.

Anthony also does track training at the Dunc Gray Velodrome, cycling home of the Sydney Olympics.

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