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William Clarke cycling champs

High school champs: The cycling team representing William Clarke College after winning the inaugural InterSchool Secondary Cup. Picture: suppliedWilliam Clarke College has held off a challenge from Knox Grammar School to claim the inaugural InterSchool CyclingSecondary Schools Cup.
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The team finished first ahead of16 secondary schools represented in the competition and third of 42 schoolsoverall, including thosecompeting for the Primary Schools Cup.

The13-week competition wasorganised by the Junior Cyclist organisation, with schools from across Sydneyrepresented, compilingscores reflectingparticipation, personal best times and top 10 finishes inraces graded on ability around a 2km cycling track at Lansdowne Reserve.

Although not entering the competition until after seven rounds, William Clarke College had a tight battlewith Knox Grammar School with the Kellyville students only taking the lead in the penultimate week.

Year seven student Erica Campbell-Rogers, 12, said it was good to meet so many people from different backgrounds.

“I got to race with people who were younger than me,older than me and we worked really well together seeing as though we didn’t know each other,”she said.

Erica also entered the competition with teammates including her twin brother Peter and sister Eleanor.

“It gets a little competitive sometimes and we may push each other off the line when we’re trying to draft,” she said of racing with her siblings.

“However, other than that, it was pretty fun.”

Generally training for triathlon with Hills Triathlon Club, Erica saidthe competition would help her cycling leg.

Coach Robyn Low Hart fromthe Hills Triathlon Club and local training group Active8 Training said the rivalry with Knox was a good motivator as the children tried to stay ahead in the competition’sfinal weeks.

“Every week, the kids would come to me and ask ‘is everybody racing this week?’ she said.

“There was one week where we did not have any William Clarke kids at all and they were all devastated.

“We really had to dig deep and have a full contingent of people to go there and get back in front.”

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