Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Young Mountain Biker Riding High

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Young Mountain Biker Riding High

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Byline: Alison Paterson alison.paterson@northernstar.com.au

RISING mountain bike star Hayley Oakes is a dynamic athlete keen to go as far as her legs and two wheels will take her.

Recently the talented 12-year-old won the Under-15 girls division of the 2017 Wild West Series fourth round at Ipswich despite being up against older riders.

She also raced in the second round of the Summer Sprints Series at Underwood in Queensland last month, where she came second in the C-grade women's category, despite being one of the youngest entrants.

Hayley now has her sights on the 2017 MTBA National Championships at Canungra in Queensland next month.

So it's no surprise the youngster nominates cycling great Anna Meares as one of her inspirations.

A keen member of the the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club, Hayley is hoping for a good result at the championships, after finishing 2016 with wins in the Under-13 female Sunshine Series and Queensland state titles. …

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