Not even torrential rain was going to prevent Dubbo's junior cyclists take part in their first state tour since the COVID-19 lockdown.
While local racing was called off due to the rain, those that travelled to Newcastle to take part in the Hunter Junior Tour braved the elements to perform at the highest level.
It was the under 15 women who led the way. Four Dubbo riders featured in the top ten of the final general classification. The results of the riders was a fantastic reflection on the effort and determination they have shown toward their training and development.
Off the back of dominating the virtual National Junior Road Series Isabelle Russell finished all three races on the podium to end the tour in second in the general classification. Right on her tail was Makayla Fuller, who finished third in the Time Trial and third in the overall general classification. Pushing her all the way was sister Imogen who finished fourth in the general classification. After a fantastic track season Georgia Farr finished in the top ten in tenth of the general classification.
For the Fuller sisters and Farr this was their first tour as under 15 riders and were all fantastic results.
Under 17 rider Zara Fuller was consistently at the front of the pack over all three stages to finish in fifth place overall.
The under 17s women's field this year features some very well credentialed riders and the fifth place finish is a strong result.
First year under 17 men's rider Trent Hines stepped up for his first event in this classification. Finishing as part of the bunch sprint in the criterium and road race events Hines performed well to be the sixth-placed first year rider in the general classification.
Under 13s rider Emily Hines finished with a second and third place in two of her events positioning her very well for a strong road race.
Unfortunately the torrential rain at the Hunter Valley made conditions too dangerous to race and her road race had to be cancelled. This was the same for under 11 boy, Cooper Farr, who was competing for the first time in the under 11 division. The rain was too much and he was able to spend the final day cheering on the under 15 and under 17 riders.
The event attracted riders from NSW and Queensland.
Another western area rider making an impact in the tour on the weekend was Orange's Annabelle Yeo.
The young Yeo took out the the girls' under 9 category.
Local racing will return this weekend for the Dubbo club.
There will be a road race at Wongarbon with the action starting from 2pm.