Wagga local Ed Wright took home three gold medals from the second round of the National Junior Track Series in Melbourne on the weekend.
Wright was among 200 cyclists from across Australia in under-15s and under-17s events.
Wright is now ranked second from under-15 boys in Australia.
He made the Grade A finals in all eight events, taking out the venue blaster, a six lap event, the derby, a two lap sprint, and the kierin, six laps behind a motorbike and sprint in the final two laps.
The leader in Australian standings, Lidcombe’s Alexander Micallef, finished first in the remaining five events.
Wright’s dad, Paul, says the NJTS presents a rare opportunity for country kids to ride on a velodrome.
“The city kids have a massive advantage over the country kids, they can race three nights a week on a velodrome,” he said.
“Our kids are training on a flat track, and so at these events they’re learning things you just can’t teach on a flat track.”
In the under 15 girls Rebel Brooker cemented her position as a top five rider in NSW.
Wagga cyclists look forward to the next event of the series in Launceston in December.
But the blockbuster event that they’re all training for is the State Titles in January.
“If you ride well at state get picked in state team, you then get to ride at nationals,” Wright said.
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