YOUNGSTER Luke Nixon is hoping some sage advice from one of the city's best cycling products will help him continue his swift rise through the ranks after claiming the under-17 title at the recent Austral Wheelrace in Melbourne.
The 15-year-old Wagga Cycling Club member used his 110-metre handicap to his advantage to outpoint Daniel Mohd and Angus Gill in the five-lap final.
Former softballer Nixon, who only picked up a bike 14 months ago, also took the chance to learn some tips off Scott, who helped Australia to team pursuit gold at the UCI World Track Championships early this year.
"Quite honestly it (the win) was a bit of a surprise with a strong Australian and international field in my category," Nixon said.
"We were there with Australian champions, world champions and world record holders. We had the chance to speak to them and some of their stories were truly inspirational.
"I mostly spoke to Cam Scott. The stories he told me were easy to relate to and were inspirational, and made me want to continue down the cycling path."
Nixon's coach, Cameron Oke, said the victory was a big step in his career.
"He found himself in the right spot at the right time and had the legs to keep going with it," Oke said.
"He had a very generous handicap but he used it to his advantage and came away the victor. It's probably one of the biggest wins of his very short cycling career.
"Luke just loves the sport, when you love something the want (to win) is there and he's doing it for himself and no one else."
Nixon's next target is the state championships in February.