Blitzes field to claim the under-19 Australian title

 Bunbury rocket Bryce Lanigan has peddled his way to a national cycling title.

The 18-year-old speedster was earlier this month crowned the under-19 Australian criterium champion at the Cycling Australia Under 19 Road National Championships in Geelong.

The South West Academy of Sport athlete was the first to power across the finish line, ahead of 48 starters and in a time of 39:04 minutes.

For Lanigan, being able to blitz a field of the best racers in his age group to earn gold on the national stage was the culmination of many years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

He has now earned the right to pull on the green and gold Australian champion jersey.

“I’ve always wanted to be a national champion and wear that jersey,” Lanigan said.

“It’s great to finally realise that goal.”

Lanigan, who has clocked up a long list of impressive results throughout the year, is now aiming to achieve selection to a national junior team, but until then he will test his mettle at a number of upcoming events.

On the horizon are national road series events, the Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley in August and the Tour of Tasmania in November.

Lanigan thanked the South West Academy of Sport, Satalyst Verve Racing and the South West Cycling Club for the support he’s received as a junior racer.