Hard work and determination pays off for young cyclist

May 28, 2023 | Individual Athlete, News

If you start suffering from leg cramps while competing in a challenging 90 kilometre gravel race full of climbs, descents – and mud, it’s fair to say it’s not going to be an easy ride.

But Finn Reilly’s determination to push through during the Five event of the Seven Gravel Race – UCI Gravel World Series on May 13 saw him earn his best result in that race so far.

After giving chase to the two competitors ahead of him, the South West Academy of Sport athlete ended up crossing the finish line in third place.

“I’ve never sort of pushed through cramps for an hour, an hour-and-a-half before. So, I was pretty happy with that, to learn that I could do that,” Finn said.

“It was the hardest race I’ve done physically and it was also the best race.”

Whether cycling, running or walking, the 17-year-old Dunsborough resident likes to push himself. He recently also competed in the HBF Run for a Reason and walked 75 kilometres of the Cape to Cape Track non-stop for 17 hours.

“I like challenges because the more I push myself the more satisfied I am when I finish,” Finn said.

Pictured: South West Academy of Sport athlete Finn Reilly recently earned his best result from a race that was also his most challenging. Picture: Mark Reilly.