Cyclist on right track

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Talented teenager Josh Commons is making his mark in the cycling scene by completing a hat-trick of titles at the State Junior Criterium Championships.
Camera IconTalented teenager Josh Commons is making his mark in the cycling scene by completing a hat-trick of titles at the State Junior Criterium Championships. Credit: Callum Hunter / South Western Times

Josh Commons’ cycling talent and prowess has made him a force to be reckoned with on the bike, especially in his preferred discipline of criterium racing.

The 15-year-old Eaton local has taken the junior cycling scene by storm having claimed the 2017, 2018 and 2019 State junior criterium championships as well as the overall B-grade Ring Criterium Series where he raced riders far more experienced.

“The Ring Series was all right, stacked it at Wellard which was good to do, because I won’t do it again,” he joked.

“I got one win and three second places.”

Josh took up racing at the age of 11 and has not looked back, determined to earn himself a contract in the professional peloton and compete in the UCI World Tour, also being the two time, reigning junior road race State champion.

“Dad has been racing for years so I had to go to all the races because mum was working and got into it that way,” he said.

“I do all my training in the afternoons, because I like sleeping in, and I get two days off.

“Monday and Friday are my active recovery days where I can ride if I want to but don’t have to.”

Studying at Bunbury Catholic College, Josh said he had no trouble balancing training with his schooling and he expected to take his studies down a trade pathway in Year 11 and 12.

“Maybe a boiler-making course or similar trade,” he said.

“Anything can happen, but cycling is my main goal at the moment, TAFE is the back-up plan.”

Last year Josh was named one of the six finalists in the Myles Junior Sport Star of the Year award and was inducted into the South West Academy of Sport, one of the academy’s youngest athletes.

This week he travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Wirtgen Group-Centrals Junior Tour where has set his sights on an overall win or a podium spot at least.

“The other big one is the upcoming road Nationals which are meant to be in Queensland,” he said.

“I’m too young to have a specialty but I prefer sprinting...that’s more fun than climbing and time trialling.”

With his father’s long history in cycling, Josh has been joined in his pursuit of cycling greatness by his younger sister Isabella who dominated the C-grade women’s field at this year’s Ring Criterium Series.

Despite his family’s shared passion for the sport, Josh said it was important to do your own thing in training, citing he and his sister were at vastly different levels of fitness, development and strength due to their age difference.

Ever humble and grounded in his responses, Josh said if he had just one wish regarding his cycling future, it would not be a yellow jersey at the Tour de France or a Tour of Flanders win, but rather a pro-contract that would just allow him to compete on the world stage, let alone vie for a prestigious win.

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