Gearing up for Tasmanian Christmas Carnival Series

It’s what every West Australian rider pursues in the National Junior Road Series – the state leader’s jersey. And teen cycling sensation Joshua Commons is wearing this year’s prize.

The 15-year-old Eaton teenager athlete excelled in races across the state and country this year to become the overall top-ranked WA rider for 2019.

Held annually, the Cycling WA series features a number of state-based junior events, with competitors also encouraged to put themselves to the test and collect points at interstate contests.

A highlight for the South West Academy of Sport athlete was winning the Wirtgen Group-Centrals Junior Tour in the Barossa Valley.

“That was one that gave me heaps of points,” Commons said.

Commons, who represented the state in the under-17 category at the Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championship in September, also dominated at the Henk Vogels Cycling Foundation Peel Junior Tour.

In his first under-19 event, Commons placed third in his category in the WA State Road and Individual Time Trial Championship.

The Bunbury Catholic College student said his goal was to race professionally, highlighting the lifestyle that comes with being a cyclist.

“I don’t really want to have a normal job when I’m older,” Commons said.

“I would like to go places. Be in a group of people. Travel. Race.”

Next up for Commons is the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival Series in December, followed by the Bay Crits in Gelong in January and then the road nationals in Ballarat.