2017 Junior Track Nationals: Dubbo quartet a genuine medals chance

RISING STARS: Cyclists Kurt Eather, Haylee Fuller Danny Barber and Dylan Eather. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

RISING STARS: Cyclists Kurt Eather, Haylee Fuller Danny Barber and Dylan Eather. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Four of Dubbo’s most exciting young riders head to Sydney’s Dunc Grey Velodrome next week to contest the 2017 Cycling Australia Junior Track National Championships.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, they’re all a strong chance of returning home with medals.

Haylee Fuller, Danny Barber and Kurt and Dylan Eather will all represent their state from next Wednesday, taking on Australia’s best riders in the under-15 and under-17 categories.

”They're a great bunch and deserve everything they get,” local Dubbo Cycle Club coach Gus Dawson said.

“The standard is pretty high so to get four there from one club, we’re over the moon.”

Local standouts and brothers Kurt and Dylan Eather will be competing in the men’s 17s and 15s respectively, and they shape as genuine national title hopes after starring at the recent state championships.

Danny Barber, a rider who has improved out of sight in the past 12 months, will also compete in the men’s 15s while the “tough” Haylee Fuller will be in action in the women’s under-15s.

Dawson was full of praise for each of the local talents, with their work ethic driving them to this highest of levels.

“Kurt will be really hard to beat in the 17s pursuit, individual point score and scratch race. He’s a real talent,” he said.

“And Dylan, he has the potential to be a superstar. He’ll ride well in just about everything and is a real medal hope.

“Danny is in the under-15s and he’s gone from B Grade to one of the top half a dozen in Australia in the past 12 months and he’s a medal chance. And Haylee will be in the point score, the pursuit and the scratch race and she’s a very tough rider.”

The quartet’s trip to Sydney continues Dubbo Cycle Club’s proud tradition of having riders perform at the highest level, with coaches Dawson and Vaughn Eather a major reason behind that.

“We’re fortunate to have a great little club here and supportive parents. It’s a big team effort,” Dawson said.

The Championships run for four days from Wednesday through to Sunday.

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