Stephen Cycling His Way To The Top
r Stephen Cuff ‘s win at the 2016 Australian National Road Championships in Bendigo | Image supplied
Glenmore Park’s Stephen Cuff is already stamping his name in Australian cycling and setting the sport on fire, all at the age of just 15. Stephen recently won the Woolworths Scholarship Award for the second year in a row, as well as being awarded the Penrith Valley Sports Star (Rising Star) Award.
The New South Wales Representative’s race results within the past year have been outstanding. He certainly raised the bar high last year and managed to excel again this year with 8 National Medals and 9 State Medals. The highlight for Stephen this year was winning a Gold Medal at the Australian National Road Championships in the Criterium and a Bronze Medal in the Time Trial, whilst representing NSW in Bendigo recently.Adding to Stephen’s already impressive medal haul, was a win in both the Penrith Club Championship 95K (overall winner) and the Blayney to Bathurst Road Race 70K (overall winner). Both races had never before been won by a 15 year old and Stephen was the first person to achieve this.
He has also been selected to train with Brad Magee in the New South Wales High Performance Squad. “It has been five years of smart training that has got Stephen to the level that he is at and most of all, he just loves to ride” said Julian Cuff, Stephen’s Father.Stephen’s next goal is to compete for Australia at the Junior World Championships on the velodrome. For any young athletes wanting to compete in cycling, Stephen has this advice; “Firstly, make sure you enjoy it because it only gets harder down the track. Learn to love your training because that’s what will get you to the top” he said.
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