30 November 2017
Year 9 Maribyrnong Sports Academy student Henry Dietze is riding his way to a place in the Victorian state team in the hope of a spot on the Track team for the 2018 Junior national Championships.
While Henry has been training regularly with the Victorian state junior track team in preparation for the Nationals, places won’t be finalized until the State Championships are held in late February.
Henry is currently leading the Under 17 Men’s Category of the National Junior Track Series with 2 rounds to go. After the first round in Melbourne, Henry was 3rd overall in the U17 Men’s division where he was asked to provide his first ever ASADA drug sample.
“It was a bit weird having my first drug test, but it’s a part of the sport and it’s a part of growing up as an athlete I guess, so I really see it as being a big part of the learning process.”
Round 2 was held in Sydney, and in what were hotly contested races, Henry triumphed over the 2 days to take the lead in the Series with two round remaining in Brisbane and Adelaide.
Henry’s love of cycling doesn’t stop on the track with the 15-year-old regularly competing in 3 criterium races most weekends, on a Wednesday night in Hawthorn while he travels to Coburg on a Saturday and St Kilda on a Sunday. Competition for Henry in these races is generally against men, but hasn’t stopped him from winning the B Grade at St Kilda, which now has him racing in open A grade at all 3 events.
Back in September of this year Henry was selected to compete in the National Junior Road Championships in Tasmania, a great achievement, seeing he was a bottom age U17 at the time. - Road Race at Nationals - Henry was asked to ride as a worker for a couple of older boys in the Victorian Team, and did lots of work on the front to help bridge gaps, keep the pace up, etc. He was very pleased when one of the older Victorian boys he was riding for managed to come 2nd in the Road Race. Henry also finished 11th in the time trial and made the final of the Criterium
A change of coach recently has seen Henry move to the tutelage of Vanessa Bof who has been a Junior coach with Cycling Victoria for a number of years. Henry is hopeful that everything will come together in time for selection.
“Currently I’m am training with a squad of riders for the team pursuit, an event where there are four riders over 3kms. We are all training up at the moment all trying to make the team and aiming to break the record this year.”
“I really have to thank Maribyrnong Sports Academy and the teaching staff for being so flexible with me when I have to compete in my events. Also the Phys Prep staff here at Maribyrnong help me to tapper for my events, helping getting stronger and bigger.”
We wish Henry all the best over the summer as he looks to make the Victorian team for next years’ nationals.
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