SASI's cycling talent search takes a road trip to the Mount

SASI's cycling talent search takes a road trip to the Mount

The never-ending search for that budding young cycling champion continued when SASI's Talent Identification Program visited Mount Gambier on Friday (May 17). It then took its tests to selected students at the Roma Mitchell Secondary College on Monday (May 20)

SASI's Head Coach Cycling Brett Aitken has done some serious kilometres recently in pursuit of that potential champion cyclist.

Keen to forge a partnership with the Limestone Coast Regional Sporting Academy (LCRSA) Aitken visited Mount Gambier to test a handful of students identified by the LCRSA as having potential to be high achievers in the sport.

Limestone Coast STARCLUB field officer Tony Elletson, the driving force in the region to help students develop quicker in a high-performance environment, said he was looking forward to linking with SASI and Aitken. LCRSA has an association with Hockey SA and Athletics SA and is hoping to build the cycling connection.

"We are looking forward to it very much,'' Elletson said. "The testing will hopefully identify some talented young people and we can help them on their way to getting the best training available.''

Aitken said he was pleased with the testing at the Mount.

"We know there are some very good young athletes in the region," Aitken said.

"We'd love to set up a TID in the area as it is too far for the athletes to come to town.

"We are always trying to find that next talent.''

While Aitken was involved in the testing, selected SASI athletes competed in Mount Gambier's 83rd 100-mile (160km) classic (men) and the 111km (women) on the Saturday.

Aitken will keep his testing bike handy and also headed to Roma Mitchell Secondary College, which has a specialised cycling program.

Roma Mitchell cycling coach Will Young said the selected young students, aged between 13 and 15 years, were keen to see if they had what it took to go to another level.

"They are looking forward to the testing. They keep asking if there is anything more they can do to improve'' Young said.

"We had eight students tested, including three girls.

Aitken, like the Mount Gambier tests, was keen to see if that next champ was about to be unearthed.

"Roma Mitchell (Gepps Cross) is so handy to the velodrome which is a big plus with the students having easy access to get there,'' Aitken said.

"We go into the testing pretty cold and not knowing who we are testing. We will look at the results, check our figures and go from there.''

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