Double for cycling star

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Another stellar season of cycling has earned Craig Wiggins Albany’s highest individual sporting accolade, the overall Albany Sportsperson of the Year award, last Friday night.

Earlier in the night Wiggins was named the junior category winner at the Wellington and Reeves Albany Sportsperson of the Year gala presentation at Albany Entertainment Centre.

It was the third time in four years the 17-year-old had won the junior award as he continues to dominate cycling at a national level.

Last year the young cyclist won a silver medal at the Cycling Australia Track National Championships in the under-19 team sprint final.

Cycling WA also named Wiggins the WA male road rider of the year and the under-19 male road rider of the year.

Wiggins described 2016 as his hardest year of cycling after he was diagnosed with mild scoliosis.

“It has been one of the toughest years for me mentally,” he said

“I have always had problems with my lower back but it got to the point where I had to pull out of competitions so I got it checked.

“I had to work around that so that was probably the hardest thing about the year.”

Wiggins’ training schedule includes about 20 hours a week of riding that can see him cover up to 500km, as well as gym work.

The cycling star said he was thrilled to win the award and attributed his success to his support crew. “The people in Albany that have helped me and supported me,” he said.

“It’s been a hectic year with all the trips back and forth to Perth so I’ve had a lot of help from outside.”

Wiggins also claimed a bronze medal at the State Criterium championships and placed third in stage three of the Tour of Margaret River, a Pro-Am event.

The local star now has his sights set on the Junior World Championships, to be held in Norway later this year.

“I’m trying to get to the worlds road race now,” he said

“I’m in a good spot at the moment so I just have to keep moving forward and getting better.”

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