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Week 4, Term Three, 2019

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This week Senior APS teams played Round 2 versus Coomera Anglican College. Junior APS continued training with trials for Season 2 sports.

Cycling

Michael Michael Rossiter has had an amazing experience competing in the 55th annual European Junior Cycling Tour in Holland.

After winning all of the junior cycling tours he entered in Australia over the past year he went on to enter the largest and most competitive junior cycling tour in the world, known as the, 'Tour De France for Youth.'

The six-day, six event tour includes hard fast peloton riding on rough narrow twisty roads with cobbles, clinkers and pavers, while competing against the European national champions and other top riders from around the world. Michael spent the first week in Holland training with the local club in Assen, Holland and with local coaches, getting used to the road conditions and aggressive racing style which is completely different and much harder than Australia.

In cycling tours the leader on overall time is the General Classification (GC) leader and wears the yellow jersey as the Tour leader. The rider with the lowest total time (in seconds) at the end will be wearing the yellow jersey and will be the Tour winner. You don't need to win every stage of the Tour to win overall, you just need to be consistently near the front and have no bad results to get the best overall time. Michael was racing in age Category 3, which is 10 year old boys and 11 year old girls. Michael's results over the six days of extremely tough racing that followed were:

Results
* Day 1, Prologue - 3rd Place (3 seconds behind on General Classification or GC)
* Day 2, Criterium Vredeveld - 1st Place (equal first on GC)
* Day 3, “Classic” Road race - 3rd Place (2 seconds behind on GC)
* Day 4, Time Trial - cancelled due to heavy rain
* Day 5, Omloop Kostvlies - 5th Place (8 seconds leader on GC, yellow jersey)
* Day 6, Criterium Asserbos - 3rd Place (15 seconds leader on GC, yellow jersey)
—— * General Classification (Category 3) - 1st Place Overall (TOUR WINNER)
* Sprint points classification - 3rd overall
* Special points classification (hill climbing & time trials) - 3rd overall

Michael is only the second Australian ever to win any category at the European Junior Cycling Tour.

Mountain Biking

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Congratulations to Phoenix Kyaw Year 8 and Ethan Wilkin Year 10 who competed in the Mountain Biking Australia Schools National Championship at Nerang on Friday and Saturday.

They certainly did Somerset proud!

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