Molloy on track to become the junior world cup champion

JINDABYNE mountain biking star Tegan Molloy is poised to be crowned junior world cup champion following her success in the sixth Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Downhill Mountain Bike world cup event in New York last week.

Tegan has returned home from her all conquering trip to the United States where she finished as the fastest junior in the penultimate world cup race.

Her scintillating form on the bike has resulted in a run of impressive results which places the local in the upper echelons of the elite women's racing class. She placed 19th quickest in Windham, New York with a time of 3:15.57, shaving five seconds off her qualifying mark.

For Tegan to receive the prestigious title as junior world cup champion she only needs to finish her races in the final world cup stage to be held later this month in the French Alps.

Tegan's grandfather, John McLoughlin, said it was very rewarding watching his granddaughter compete against the best riders in the world.

"It's fantastic to see her doing so well. It's very humbling to be honest, she does very well," Mr McLoughlin said.

"Her recent event in Windham, New York, saw her finish as the number one junior, all she needs is to complete the next race to be the junior world champ."

At the fourth race meet at Mount Sainte Anne in Canada, the 18 year old, claimed her best finish in the world cup series thus far, placing eleventh. Her time of 5:32.750 maintained her hold on the junior champion title.

Despite her recent run of success, Mr McLoughlin's greatest hope when watching Tegan compete is to see her cross the finish line in one piece.

"There are plenty of late nights watching her race. There is lots of anxiety trying to get the online stream working, but I'm more concerned with her safety," Mr McLoughlin said.

Tegan will shortly be jetting off once more and upon her return to Jindabyne she may very well be a junior world champion.

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