TWO rising stars of Border cycling have staked their claims on the national stage.
Wodonga’s Clancy Lloyd and Kirsty Deacon, from Browns Plains, last month performed creditably in national junior road races held at Wantabadgery, near Wagga.
Lloyd, 16, finished 13th of 78 starters in the road race, and Deacon, 16, 10th in the time trial.
Lloyd was last year selected in the Bendigo Bank cycling program. He is coached by Wodonga’s Lyn Heritage, a former time trial champion.
“You have to put in the time and ride every day,” Lloyd said of his success.
“It can be pretty lonely but you’ve just got to have a good mental state.
“But it’s just fun. I love moving quick.
“That was my first national road race and it went pretty good, I was pretty proud.”
Representing Catholic College Wodonga, where Deacon, too, is a student, Lloyd also won the Northern Secondary Schools mountain bike championships novice division for under 17 and under 19 boys in August, and then the Victorian secondary schools novice mountain bike championship finals.
Deacon made it to the national titles by chance — at the Victorian titles at Wangaratta.
She finished second in the road race and third in the time trial to book her ticket to the nationals.
“I was pretty pleased with the time trial at the nationals,” Deacon said.
“It was three days of racing with the time trials day 1, a road race on day 2 and a criterium on the final day.
“We worked as a team in the road race and Victoria got second so that was a good result.”
But Deacon’s passion is triathlon — she has already been on the podium at that nationals.
“I swim five mornings a week at WAVES, have a five-day running program and fit the bike riding in where I can,” she said.
“I will keep riding but my future is triathlons.”