State team call-up for Ashleigh

WARRNAMBOOL junior cycling star Ashleigh Hocking has been selected for another state team. 

Young cyclist Ashleigh Hocking shows her versatility, contesting a triathlon in March.130326RG46 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Young cyclist Ashleigh Hocking shows her versatility, contesting a triathlon in March.130326RG46 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

The 16-year-old was named on the Victorian team for the Australian under 15 and 17 road championships in Queensland next month. 

The selection follows her win at the junior mountain climb championships in April and selection for the Victorian track team for the junior championships in February, where the combination won gold in the under 17 team pursuit event. 

Ashleigh was selected as one of 21 athletes to make up the largest Victorian contingent in the championships history. 

Chairman of selectors Brian Harwood said there was good depth in the junior cycling ranks. 

“It really is unfortunate we can only take so few athletes. A lot of thought went into the process, with various factors being taken into consideration,” Harwood said. 

“We congratulate all the athletes who made the team and encourage all others to continue in the pursuit of cycling.”

Team manager Mark Drehlich said it was fantastic to have so many talented junior cyclists in Victoria. 

“We are really looking forward to travelling to Toowoomba to compete against the best in the country.” Drehlich said. 

The junior road championships will be held from September 12 to 14 in Toowoomba. 

Meanwhile, Western Australian cyclist Anthony Giacoppo has withdrawn from next week’s Tour of the Great South Coast. 

Giacoppo was one of the early favourites to win the five-day tour but injured his hamstring during last week’s Tour of the Murray River.  

He will be replaced on the powerhouse Avanti team by Aaron Donnelly.

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