A 12-year-old from Dubbo is following in the footsteps of some of the region’s greatest talents after she claimed the coveted Percy Dawson Memorial trophy at the Dubbo Cycle Club’s track presentation night on Saturday.
Isabelle Russell recorded 135 points throughout the season to claim the award, named in honour of Dubbo cyclist Percy Dawson who was tragically killed by a drunk driver 51 years ago.
The award was presented by Percy’s brother – and Izzy’s coach – Gus Dawson, with Russell’s name joining a prestigious list.
“The Percy Dawson is basically the who’s who in the club,” president Matt Gilbert said.
Dual Commonwealth gold medallist Megan Dunn, former world champion Brent Dawson and Australian Madison and Pursuit champion Chris Pascoe are all among the previous winners, he said, while Russell beat out Australian champion cyclists Dylan and Kurt Eather and Hayley Fuller for the title.
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“It’s the top of the rung as far as awards go in the track season … but being the person that she is she continued to turn up and does her very, very best and as a result she’s been able to build up the points to supersede the others.”
Russell was also awarded the Cliff Hazell trophy for the club’s gutsiest rider, while in Sunday’s Club Championship she won the under 13 time trial, scratch race, sprint derby and overall division title.
Gilbert said Russell was a “fierce competitor” and revelled in the challenges set by coaches Gus Dawson and Vaughan Eather.
He was confident she, and Dubbo’s other juniors, would represent the club well at this weekend’s NSW Junior Road Championships at Wollongong.
“She’s … growing in her ability to keep pushing herself which is a tough thing to teach,” he said.
“It’s a tough sport and it sometimes has its challenges but that’s part of growing as a person to meet those challenges and she’s been doing that.
“She has always given her very, very best … we’re expecting her to do well in the future.”
Janette Eather took out Club Person of the Year, while Simone Grounds and Dylan Eather were named senior and junior rider of the year.
Senior road racing
Tim Hines was able to take advantage of the super-fast pace of the A-grade bunch to reel in the limit markers and take out round 14 of the Dubbo City Toyota Road Racing Series on Saturday on the North Geurie course.
The A-grade bunch of Hines, Kurt Eather, Danny Barber and Dylan Eather (all with a handicap of 19 minutes 30 seconds) averaged a lightning quick 41.87kilometres per hour for the 24km course to take the top four placings of the event with Hines besting his young rivals in a narrow sprint, with Ben Anderson (+15 minute handicap) finishing in fifth.
Hines covered the course in 35:6.52 to record the fastest time, with Haylee Fuller the fastest female with a time of 39:40.15 seconds.
Mitch Hines, Darrell Wheeler, Rod Mildner, Craig May and Fuller rounded out the top 10.
Round 15 of the Dubbo City Toyota Road Racing Series continues this weekend with a 42km handicap race on the South Geurie course on Saturday. There is no Junior racing this weekend.
Track presentation night
Craig Granger, Joe O’Brien and Imogen and Makayla Fuller were awarded the coaches awards for their strong seasons, as Tim Hines (A-grade), Sam Fitzgerald (B-Grade), Craig Granger (C-grade) and Helen Hines (D-grade) were the winners of the overall points score for their respective senior divisions, while Kurt Eather (U-19), Dylan Eather (U-17), Trent Hines (U-15), Isabelle Russell (U-13), Lachie Farr (U-11) and Jarryd Fuller (U-9) were the overall points winners in the junior divisions.
Junior Club Championships
Dubbo Cycle Club Junior riders took part in the Club Championships on Sunday, with Cooper Farr (participation), Emily Hines (under-11s), Jarryd Fuller (under-9) and Isabelle Russell (under-13s) the overall Club Champions in their divisions.
Emily Hines took out the under-11 time trial by close to a minute over Jess Fuller and Lachie Farr and took out the road race by over a minute to Farr and Fuller, as the lone under-9 rider Jarryd Fuller posted some impressive times on his way to being crowned Club Champion.
Russell had a 12 second advantage over Imogen Fuller to take the under-13 ITT title with Makayla Fuller in third 34 seconds behind Russell. Russell was the winner of the under-13 road race by over 22 seconds – again over Imogen and Makayla Fuller.