The final rounds of the 2020 Toward Zero Virtual VJRS came to a close recently with riders battling it out over the final two days to win their individual categories. In the fifth and sixth rounds the riders took on the Glenrowan and Botanical Gardens courses.
Carnegie Caufield’s Ewan Brown conquered the Glenrowan course in 13:42min and took the win in the round six race to give himself a 110 point lead and the series win in the JB11 group.
Mikayla Delardes (Cycling Victoria) did not compete in rounds five and six but took out the overall series win in the Girls Under 13’s category.
For the Under 13’s boys, Alistair Forsyth (Ballarat and Sebastopol CC) continued his excellent form with a win on the Glenrowan circuit in round five and came in second in round six giving him 45 points for the final weekend and the series win. Blackburn’s Hayden Vimpani finished second and first in the two races but was not able to catch Forsyth, finishing second overall with 108 points. Brunswick’s Max Nuspan rounded out the top three with 40 points for the series.
In the JW15 group, Georgia Gardiner (Jindabyne CC) and Haylee Jack (Bendigo & District CC) traded first and second finishes as they have done all series but it was Gardiner who managed to take the series win with 120 points, 19 ahead of Jack (101) with Latrobe City’s Kaja Tierney closing the series in third place on 74 points.
In one of the closer finishes of the Virtual VJRS Hamish Clarkson (Blackburn CC) finished second in the round five and six races which was enough to hold onto a five point lead over Ballarat and Sebastopol’s Benjamin Meakin in the final series standings. Fellow Ballarat and Sebastopol rider James Forsyth finished the series in third place giving the club their third top three finish of the series.
The most exciting category has to go to the Under 17 Women with Mansfield Mt Buller rider Talia Appleton and Brunswick’s Ava Giramondo unable to be separated after six races with the pair both finishing on 135 points to tie for first place. The duo traded places over the weekend with Appleton (2h23:31) finishing first on the Glenrowan course while Giramondo (1h06:19) rode to victory on the Botanical Gardens circuit. Mia Williams (Carnegie Caulfield CC) and Riley Meyland (Wangaratta CC) ended the series in third and fourth place respectively.
In the final category it was Hawthorn’s Logan Taplin who won the round five and six races to solidify his position at the top of the overall standings with 145 points. Geelong’s Cohen Jessen once again put in strong times to claim two second place finishes and hold onto second in the series standings ahead of Carnegie Caulfield’s Lachie Chamberlain.