14-year-old proves he can more than hold his own in under-17 category

New South West Academy of Sport recruit Joshua Commons might be younger than many of the cyclists he races against, but in a record-breaking, title-claiming 12 months behind the handlebars he’s proven that age is no barrier to success.

In his first year of competing against older and more experienced riders in the under-17 category, the 14-year-old has shown he can more than hold his own against WA’s brightest junior cycling stars.

The South West Cycle Club member and Bunbury Catholic College student got 2018 off to an impressive start by being part of the black and gold-clad side that tested themselves against the country’s best at the national junior track championships in Melbourne.

Commons was part of the four-strong side that broke the WA state record for the under-17 team pursuit event, walking away from the competition with bronze.

He also claimed the under-17 state title at this year’s WA junior road championships in August, earning himself a position in the West Australian team that contested the recent 2018 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships.

Most recently, the Eaton talent further cemented his status as a rising star by capturing the under-17 state criterium championship earlier this month.