On top of the world

Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy (centre) celebrating her junior World Cup win on top of the podium.  
INSET: Molloy with her World Cup trophy.

Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy (centre) celebrating her junior World Cup win on top of the podium. INSET: Molloy with her World Cup trophy.

Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy celebrating her junior World Cup win on top of the podium.

Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy celebrating her junior World Cup win on top of the podium.

JINDABYNE'S Tegan Molloy has capped off a stellar season on the bike, being crowned the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Junior World Cup Downhill Champion.

The 18-year-old cycling sensation sealed the world cup championship when she finished third in the junior women's racing at the seventh and final world cup meet in Meribel, France.

Tegan's world cup domination came on the back of a number of consistent runs throughout the year, and the local said she was ecstatic to be crowned junior series champion.

"I was stoked to improve on my qualifying time, finishing third in juniors and 20th in Elite Women," Tegan said.

"I'm even happier to take the overall, finishing up Junior World Cup series champion."

Heading into the final world cup race, Tegan crashed during qualifying, however a phone call from her coach calmed the nerves and allowed Tegan to dominate the final race.

"During qualifying Tegan had a smash which probably knocked her around a bit but once she spoke to her coach she was all good," Tegan's grandfather John McLoughlin said.

"I was quietly confident she would do well. When we saw she won junior world cup champion it was like floating on air."

Tegan accumulated points in each of the world cup rounds with a career best finish of 11th in the open women's division in Mount Saint-Anne, Canada.

After a season of competition spanning seven countries and four continents, the Jindabyne star finished 15th in the final open women's standings for the World Cup series.

Her time of 4:29.48 in Meribel was the 20th fastest in the field and allowed the local to stand atop of the podium when the junior world cup presentations took place.

Tegan will head to Norway next week where she will compete in the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships. She will be looking to add another title to already impressive cycling resume.

Jindabyne has thrown its support behind the cycling force, with Mr McLoughlin overwhelmed at the response to Tegan's victory.

"Going around town everyone is congratulating Tegan everywhere I go," Mr McLoughlin said.

"It's a great thing for the town and the community has been 100 per cent been supportive of Tegan from day one when she started out riding."

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