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CYCLING:  Oscar and Harry Schoff have new shiny decorations to add to their family Christmas after collecting gold and bronze medals at the 2022 Queensland Junior and Masters Cycling Championships.

Oscar won bronze in the under 17 team pursuit as part of a composite Balmoral team.  Harry won gold in the under 17 team sprint with Caden Ruff of Rockhampton and Harry Preston of Townsville.

Oscar was pleased to win a medal at his first state championships.

“It was great to win a medal after moving up an age group.  It makes it a lot harder,” Oscar said.

It was one of many races that the pair competed in, and Oscar felt the strain in the final two days.

“I started to feel really tired in the legs, but there were more races to go, so I just kept going,” he said.

Oscar Schoff

He is already looking towards next year’s state championships, believing he knows what to expect.

“I can’t wait, and I want to get some more medals,”

It was a fantastic week of racing capped off by inclusion in the state cycling team to ride at the national championships next year for older sibling Harry.

“The week went better than I was hoping for, getting a gold in the team spring and making the state team,” Harry said.

He is pleased that the national championships will be held in Brisbane on the same track as his recent success.

Harry Schoff

“I was pleased that I was consistent over all of the races,” he said.

It did not all go to plan for Harry after he clipped the wheel of a rider in front of him in the keirin race damaging his front wheel.  He managed to stay upright and get off the bike.

“It was pretty crazy, but I had other races to go, so you just get back on with it,”

The brothers will have a short break from competition for Christmas but will continue to ride to keep up their fitness before travelling interstate early in the new year to competitively get back on their bikes.

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