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BBCC juniors enjoyed their time on the podium when winter series racing got underway last Sunday. Photo supplied

Byron Bay Cycling Club (BBCC) got their winter series underway at the Cavanbah Centre track last Sunday with a record number of participants.

Numbers were boosted with a dozen juniors also taking part in the day.

‘Their ages ranged from five years to 15 years old, and they rode for fun, and some prize money. They came with any bike they could ride and there was a strong mix of road bikes, mountain bikes and a BMX,’ BBCC secretary Mat Johnson said.

The 12 junior members enjoyed the closed circuit track and took off in either a ten or 15 minute race format depending on age and ability.

Guided by qualified club assistant coaches, and some keen parents the ten minute race was hotly contested and approximately three kilometres later (three laps) the pack sprinted to the line where Brody Hogan, Nash Ryan and Malu Kelly claimed the podium spots.

In the four-kilometer race Imogen Matthews claimed third spot as well as the fastest female junior, while Kobi Hogan grabbed the top spot, like his brother, and Elijah Punch was second.

The seniors raced across four grades and had competitors from six clubs.

A-grade was taken out by Yamba Cycling Club’s Dan Collard followed by local riders Tim Wall and Matt Jones.

‘There are two further opportunities to be involved this winter at the BBCC Juniors events being Sunday, 28 July and Sunday, 25 August.

‘It will be a great way for all juniors to hone their skills for the upcoming Lismore Cycling Festival on 5-6 October,’ he said.

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