Glennie Heights State School student Elsie van Hoof (middle) on the way to three state cycling gold medals.
Glennie Heights State School student Elsie van Hoof (middle) on the way to three state cycling gold medals.

Golden ride for young medallist

AFTER only five months of cycling, Elsie van Hoof has won three gold medals at the Queensland Road Cycling Championships.

The 11-year-old who attends Glennie Heights State School won the under-13 girls criterium on the closed road surface at Nundah last Saturday.

She backed up on the Sunday to win the 14-kilometre road race at Kalbar by more than one kilometre.

Elsie's third gold medal was in the individual time trial.

“I went to the championships hoping for a place, I had no expectations of a win,” Elsie said.

“Dad just said to go for it.

“I blocked everything else out and focused on the race I was in.”

While she only competed in her first competition in February, Elsie has been riding since the age of five.

Each week, she does a 50 kilometre ride on a Saturday with the Warwick Redback Cycle Group and then 45km on the Morgan Park Raceway each Wednesday.

“Dad rides with me and tells me what to do; I also ride around Glennie Heights for extra training.”

Her brother Tristan, 13, a Warwick State High School student, was 15th in the criterium, 16th in the road race and 19th in the individual time trial. He was the youngest in his three races.

Both competed in fields against national standard riders.

Their coach and father Jac van Hoof trains with the children and passes on some hints from a career in which he made the Commonwealth Games squad but not the final team in 1986.



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