Grafton cyclist Baxter makes the Under 23 WA team
GRAFTON Cyclist Shaun Baxter, 21, has parlayed his success off scratch in the recent Bob Jackson Memorial Handicap into selection for the Western Australia Under-23 Cycle team for the National Championships held last week in Ballarat.
Baxter moved to WA two months ago to pursue his career and has landed in the WA team which is sponsored by Arbitage Wormall.
"All six team members are contracted to ride in the sponsor's clothes, helmet and even sunglasses, and water bidens," spokesman David Brown said.
"Since this photograph was taken, they have also been given a state-of-the-art sponsored bicycle worth as much as a small car."
As a team member, Baxter's main role will be to look after the one or two better performed riders.
That may mean he will be chasing down early breaks or trying to get his team leader up to a breakaway group.
Baxter is no stranger to team racing.
As a 16-year-old he was a member of the Junior A NSW team for the tour of New Caledonia where he finished fourth overall.
He also rode for the Turramurra junior racing team the same year in several races around NSW.
Shaun was one of more than 80 riders in the U23 Australian criterium championship at Ballarat on Thursday, January 10.
Last Saturday he competed in the U23 Australian championship 135km road race in a field of more than 120 well-performed young riders.