MT HAWTHORN’S Alex Rendell has been selected to cycle for Australia at the UCI junior world track championships in Kazakhstan.
The 17-year-old, who attends Mt Lawley Senior High School, won two golds at last year’s Oceania track cycling championships.
He is looking to add to his medal tally at the worlds in August.
“I’m doing lots of strength-training right now, including some power climbs around Kings Park,” says the laid-back teen.
“Nearer the time I’ll hit the indoor track and start working on my speed.
“My bike costs around $9000 and we wear special aerodynamic helmets.
“I don’t know much about Kazakhstan, but I think cycling is quite big over there and they’ve got a pretty decent national team.”
Rendell is a member of the 225 Racing Cycle Club and competes for the 225 Apollo Racing Team, who supported his development.
In 2013, aged 17, he was offered a WA institute of sport cycling scholarship after medalling at the junior track nationals.
He also won a silver and bronze medal at the this year’s oceania track championships and another silver at the national omnium championship.
Rendell is currently fundraising to get to the championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
If you want to contribute visit http://www.gofundme.com/owuf48.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK