STEVEN Krybolder couldn’t quite believe his ears when he was named the Australasian Schools Cycling Cup under 17 champion yesterday.
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The Camperdown Cycling Club member did not enter the 75-kilometre scratch race in Dookie, near Shepparton, in full health.

“I was sick last week with a cold,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling too great (yesterday) morning, so I just thought I would go for a ride and see how I went.”

The Mercy Regional College student surprised himself by taking out the race, although he wasn’t aware of his victory when he crossed the finish line.

It was because the race consisted of both under 19 and under 17 competitors, with the sprint to the finish including several older riders.

“I finished third in the bunch sprint but, because there were under 19s, I didn’t know which riders were in which race,” he said.

“They called my name out over the speaker and said that I won.

“I thought it must have been wrong.”

It wasn’t, with the 15-year-old claiming under 17 honours after featuring in the main bunch for most of the race, which consisted of three laps.

“On the last lap, we got dropped off the back and then chased them back down with about five kilometres to go and got back on,” he said.

“It was a tough race but they were perfect conditions.”

He completed the race in one hour, 44 minutes and 43 seconds. The Timboon resident has trained under Warrnambool coach Andy Graham since the start of the year.

He has also been part of the South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) cycling program for about a year.

Steven, who thanked Graham and SWAS chief executive officer Glenn Singleton for their support, believes he has improved over the past 12 months. The teenager won’t have much time to rest after yesterday’s win.

He is travelling to Swan Hill with his father this morning to compete in the Murray to Moyne with the Timboon Cruisers.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel College’s Sam Lane was third in the under 17 individual time trial.

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