A regular supporter of all things Brunswick for the past four or so years, James Pane felt right at home in the hills surrounding Leongatha for it’s now famous season starting Junior Experience.
James was just below the top tier of the JM17s on the track this season and anyone who knew anything about how he was training was licking their lips waiting for the track to turn into a road reaching towards the sky.
James is the new Victorian Hill Climb Champion, besting Ballarat rider Josh Liston and CCCC’s David Koroknai to the top of Misery Hill in Outtrim just outside of Leongatha. It’s a nasty 3.5km climb with three sections of around 10%.
Pane also performed well in the handicap road race, scoring second fastest time and he won the straight-line sprint on the first day.
James wasn’t the only BCC rider to perform well on the weekend, with Ruby Roseman Gannon also winning the Victorian Hill Climb Championship crown along with a number of the other combined JW15/17 events; and Riley Terrens won the B-grade race up the climb. Riley’s win was then topped when he took out the JM17 handicap road race winning a four-up sprint from the four-minute markers.
Sarah Gigante managed a number of podiums while Riley Hart finished fourth in the handicap road race taking the prize for fastest time. Ian Herman also continued his improvement looking stronger in every race.
Next up, the Ararat Junior Tour – which is part of the Victorian Aggregate Championships.
Full results can be found on the Leongatha website www.leongathacycling.com