Elsie van Hoof, of Warwick High, shows her style at the 2012 nationals.
Elsie van Hoof, of Warwick High, shows her style at the 2012 nationals. Casey Imaging

Velodrome victory for student

WARWICK cyclist Elsie van Hoof has won the Austral Points Race for under-15 women in her first interstate cycling carnival in Melbourne.

The Warwick State High School Year 9 student won three events at the Queensland championships to qualify for the nationals.

In mid-March, she competed in her first nationals at DISC Velodrome. Her father, Jack, also made the trip south.

The points race was held over 10 laps with points awarded for each lap.

A member of the Toowoomba Cycling Club, Elsie recorded nine points, four in front of the runner-up from South Australia.

The Austral carnival was held in conjunction with the Australian championships.

In the 1000m sprint at the nationals, she cycled a personal best of 14.1 seconds for 200m to finish 12th overall.

She competed in her specialist event, the 500m time trial, and was 10th overall after recording a personal best time of 41.7 seconds for the 500m, three seconds faster than her previous best.

"I could have gone a bit quicker with a better start," Elsie said.

It was her first experience using an electronic starter gate and on a wooden velodrome.

As for the future, she would love to make the Australian team to for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

"I want to build up at my own pace, I will be 19 by the Commonwealth Games which is the perfect age for cycling," Elsie said.


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