Junior cyclist speeds ahead

Riding high: Cyclist Anthony Tononcelli. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Riding high: Cyclist Anthony Tononcelli. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

A METEORIC rise in less than a year has seen promising junior cyclist Anthony Tononcelli, 15, of Cecil Hills, move from D grade to A grade with Marconi Cycling Club.

Last year he received the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Athlete of the Year award for cycling, which was recognition for top form in road and track events.

Now in his second year with the academy's cycling program, Anthony has maintained his form with a series of consistent performances in junior road racing events.

He recently won the Academy Games road criterium event at Bowral and also competed in the Blayney to Bathurst criterium finishing second in the under-17s event.

Anthony recently competed in the annual Wagga Wagga two-day junior tour road event.

He finished fourth in the 50-kilometre road race, was second in the criterium, second in the 6- kilometre road race and finished the 14-kilometre time trial in 25 minutes.

The Freeman Catholic College year 10 student said there were several other big races in the next few months.

He said he was now training hard for the two-day Goulburn Tour on May 24 and May 25.

"Track riding is in summer and road racing is in autumn and winter," Anthony said.

"I cycle between 200 and 250 kilometres each week in training."

Anthony said his two coaches Nash Kent and Mark Craig had been positive influences.

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