New Lambton junior cyclist claims state titles

ONE high-flying fearless young teen has landed herself some of the highest accolades in the junior cycling world.

New Lambton's Lucie Fityus is a member of the Hunter District Cycling Club and competes in local races on weekends.

The 13-year-old also trains with the Hunter Academy of Sport's cycling talent development squad under the guidance of coaches Ross Hayter, Craig Chapman and Olivia Gollan.

Lucie started cycling alongside her twin bother Stephen when they were 11, inspired by cycling-mad friends and family.

By the end of the 2013-14 track racing season last month, Lucie had several state titles to her name.

She competed in all four rounds of the National Junior Track Series, held in Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and Adelaide from October to January.

In this accumulative point series, Lucie placed third overall in the under-15s women's division.

She then represented the Hunter district at the NSW Track Titles in February, where she took home gold in the sprint and individual time trial events and bronze in the two-kilometre pursuit and scratch race.

Lucie was the only one of the 10 cyclists in her age group to win a medal in all four events.

This led to her selection for the Junior Track National Cycling Championships later in the month, where she set three personal records.

Lucie has now shifted her attention to road racing for the winter, starting out with a bang. She claimed a silver medal in the 4.2km Hill Climb in Bathurst two weeks ago, finishing in 13 minutes 45 seconds.

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