De La Salle is very proud to have amongst our Year 7 students a cyclist of great skill. James Anthony (7 Solomon) has represented Victoria on numerous occasions this year.
On Saturday 3 September, James competed in a Nationals U15 male 32km road race. He placed 7th out of 58 riders and was the first Victorian across the line. The average speed of the winner was 38km/hr. On closer inspection of the results, James was actually given the same time as the winner which means he finished in the bunch finish. Rightfully so, he was very proud of this effort — especially beating all his fellow Victorians home!
The following day, James rode in a criterium heat. This race was on a 1km road circuit where the riders raced for 15mins and then a bell rang and they did another lap. The top fifteen got through to the final race and James just missed this, coming 18th. This race, as you can imagine, going for only 16 odd mins, was a lot faster and closer riding. Staying upright in these types of races is more than a win (especially for James’ parents!).
In August James entered to be part of a team of six to represent his club (Brunswick) at a National Track (Velodrome) Series — competing in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The first carnival of the four was in Sydney on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October. He raced against 46+ boys of his age and he raced in two elimination races (25+ laps each), points race (18 laps), Kieran (heat and final), scratch race (heat and final), sprint Derby (heat/final) — long days and many kilometres on his legs. He did very well and after the two days racing is sitting 3rd overall.
7 Solomon Class Mentor