International cyclist in the making

SERAS Scholarship holders Jordan Louis (recent 2014 holder), James Toparis, Tom Toparis and Tasmin Davies; SERAS Head Coach Graeme Northey; and SERAS Student Interns Michelle Moore and Scott Reaper.

SERAS Scholarship holders Jordan Louis (recent 2014 holder), James Toparis, Tom Toparis and Tasmin Davies; SERAS Head Coach Graeme Northey; and SERAS Student Interns Michelle Moore and Scott Reaper.

AS Australia dominates the cycling program at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games it appears Cooma may have their own international superstar in the making with local cyclist Jordan Louis recently being offered a scholarship at one of Australia's leading cycling institutions.

Jordan has been asked by the ACT Academy of Sport to join their renowned cycling program, after a scintillating year on the bike.

In February this year, Jordan who rides for the Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club smashed two ACT junior cycling records at the NSW Sprint, Pursuit and Scratch Championships.

The 17-year-old set a new benchmark in the Flying 200m in a time of 11.468 seconds and obliterated the Individual Pursuit record, stopping the clock at 2:19.572 minutes. Jordan shaved three seconds off the previous mark.

His scholarship offer follows success at a state level and his involvement with the South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS)

SERAS recently held their third training day for the 2014 Cycling Program in Canberra. Athletes participated in physiological testing conduced by the academy's athletes performance specialist Courtney Porter.

Ms Porter says the riders undergo training programs designed to imitate the training regimes of professional riders.

"This was an invaluable experience for the athletes, exposing them to testing protocols similar to that of elite athletes," Ms Porter said.

"Data obtained from testing will provide individualised feedback, such as training zones and a base measure in which to assess their progress over the coming months."

Following testing, Jordan worked with SERAS head coach Graeme Northey who delivered a road coaching session at Stromlo Forest Park.

Cycling NSW state development coach Tom Dawson offered advice and assistance to the junior athletes.

When the 2018 Commonwealth Games hit Australia's Gold Coast the name Jordan Louis may very well be up in lights, leading the next batch of international cyclists.

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