Hayden Stevens strikes cycling gold

Merimbula cyclist Hayden Stevens shows off the three gold medals he won at the 2017 NSW Junior Road championships in Wagga over the weekend.
Merimbula cyclist Hayden Stevens shows off the three gold medals he won at the 2017 NSW Junior Road championships in Wagga over the weekend.

Merimbula junior cyclist Hayden Stevens has returned from the 2017 NSW Junior Road championships in Wagga with three gold medals around his neck. 

 Without a local club, Hayden is still representing Canberra and hence is only eligible for the Non-NSW rider awards.

Hayden competed in the U11 Boys Category against 14 other boys.  

Hayden participated in three different races where he came second overall in each event and was the first non-NSW rider each time. 

His first event on Saturday was the 3km Individual Time Trial. It was quite a flat circuit on country roads. Hayden said he felt as though he raced quite well but said he could have done better in a couple of spots. 

His next event, the Road Race saw him complete four laps of a street circuit that was a little bit hilly. 

It was a fast race with average speeds of 35kms per hour. Hayden finished second, all riders bar the winner Tristan from Sutherland Shire were in a tight bunch with Hayden winning the sprint to the line, giving him second place. 

Hayden specialises in a sprint finish in a bunch and loves this sort of racing.

His last event on Sunday was five laps of the Criterium.  

This whole race was at a fast pace.  This was the closest finish between Hayden and Tristan. 

Hayden made up a lot of ground and in the end there was half a wheel distance between them at the finish line and Hayden was a bit disappointed with second place but happy overall with his racing for the weekend.

In all three races Hayden came second overall and the first non-nsw rider and Tristan from Sutherland Shire is the racer that came first in all three races.

Hayden and Tristan next face off in September when Hayden will represent Merimbula Primary School at the interschool Cycling championships – where he has to defend his first place title from last year.