Cameron Wright

Cameron Wright

2017 Junior World Champion - XCO

Coach:

Donna Dall

 

Brief background of the past year and the next 2 years

Cameron has always shown interest on a bicycle from the young age of 3. He started riding school & fun rides from the age of 5 on a 20 inch bicycle. When he started school he was acknowledged for riding the most laps of a mini cross country course in the under 5 age group. He then moved up to the u10 age group where he continued to dominate his age group and win the series overall.

By now he had started riding the 10km mountain bike fun rides at most events and at age 10 started riding the 20km races in the junior series, which he won overall. He missed out on his first South African XCO champs race due to breaking his collarbone the week prior but competed in the XCO National series where he finished 2nd overall in the u10 age group.

At this stage Cyclelab Junior Academy approached him to join the academy and he remained with Cyclelab from 2010 till end 2011 with winning the year end award for most titles in the Kwazulu Natal club whilst 11 years old.

Team Jeep then approached Cameron to ride for them which he accepted and started 2012 in Team Jeep race gear. 2012 turned out to be a fantastic year for Cameron securing four SA Championship titles in various disciplines in the u12 age category.

On immigrating to Australia at the end 2012, Cameron started straight into the local racing scene with his first Australia XCO National series in his first year u15 category. Cameron’s progress has been overwhelming since arriving in Australia and has achieved fantastic results under coach Donna Dall of Progressive Coaching Systems. In early 2015, Cameron was offered a spot to race for Planet Cycles in their Planet-PCS- Race team. This led on to be selected in the junior U17 Australian MTB development squad.

2016 turned out to be a very successful year on the MTB XCO circuit and the road circuit with many podiums in both disciplines.

His passion lies with mountain biking especially the XCO Olympic format of racing but also enjoys the other disciplines when given the opportunity. His great idol is the late Burry Stander (RSA) with whom he was friends with and had the privilege to ride with when he was 10 years old before immigrating to Australia.

Cameron has always dreamt of winning a World XCO champs since he was 8 years old after meeting with his idol the late Burry Stander whom he still pays respect to in all his viral media posts “# I ride for Burry” and secures an “I ride for Burry” wristband around his stem of his bicycle. 2017 was Cameron’s first opportunity to realize his dreams and as a first year u19 junior competed in World Champs held in Cairns, Australia. A top 10 was a realistic goal in his first year so he can learn and then build on this and then go for the win at World champs in 2018 but true to Cameron’s character he was aiming for the top step on the podium and successfully achieved this by becoming the Junior World Champion by 38 seconds to second place.

CAM'S GOALS

Short term for the rest of 2017
- Win 2017 Queensland state XCO champs
- Finish on podium in top 3 at Queensland state road champs
- Compete in road and Enduro events if they don’t clash with XCO racing

Short term for 2018
- Win Australia National Junior XCO series (8 events)
- Win Australia National Junior XCO Championship
- Compete in Europe after the Australian season leading up to World champs in September 2018
- Win Junior World Championship title in Lenzerheide SUI
- Compete in road and Enduro events if they don’t clash with XCO
- Secure an ride in a professional team to compete in u23 World Cup series 2019

Medium & Long term Goals
- Be a member of a professional Elite Mountain Bike team
- Represent Australia in the 2020 Olympic Games.
- Win u23 World Cup Series
- Win u23 World Championship title
- Win Elite men’s World Cup Series
- Win Elite men’s World Championship title.

RESULTS

2017 (first year in u19) 
- 1st in u19 Australia XCO Nationals (series of 6 races – won all 6)
- 1st in u19 Australia National XCO Championship
- 3rd in u19 Oceania Champs
- Australian National Junior Mountain bike rider of year award for 2017 
- 1st Queensland State Team Track Pursuit (part of 4 man team – this is his second discipline)
- 1st in UCI International Junior event, South Africa.
- Junior World Champion - XCO, Cairns Australia

2016 (u17 and also raced some races in u19) 
- 1st in u19 Australia XCO Nationals (raced up an age group – series of 6 races)
- 1st in Qld u19 Sunshine XCO series (6 events)
- 2nd in u17 Australia National XCO Championship
- 1st in u17 Queensland State XCO Championship.
- 3th in u17 Queensland State road champs.
- 1st at 50km Bayview Blast National Marathon.
- 2nd in u17 Queensland State Road Championship.
- 2nd in u17 Canberra Junior Tour road race
- 1st in u17 Canberra junior Tour criterium (photo attached in the rain on his Tarmac)
- 3rd in u17 National Road Hill climb champs.
- 1st in u17 Qld State Enduro champs and 5th overall in Elites.
- Invited into Australia junior development MTB team 

2015 (u17 – first year) 
- 4th at 1st u17 Australia XCO Nationals
- 2nd at 2nd u17 Australia XCO Nationals
- 1st at 3rd u17 Australia XCO Nationals
- 2nd at 4th u17 Australia XCO Nationals
- 1st at 5th u17 Austraila XCO Nationals (came 2nd but 1st place was a New Zealand rider)
- 2nd overal in u17 Australia XC National series
- 1st in u17 Oceania Championship
- 2nd in u17 Australia XCO Championship
- 1st in u17 Queensland State XCO Championship.
- 3th in u17 Queensland State road champs.
- 1st in u17 Queensland State Club team time trial champs (was part of 4 man team)
- 1st at u19 junior 25km Bayview Blast (part of #6 of National Marathon series)
- 1st as part of 2 man tean in Bayview Blast 50km half marathon event (part of #6 of National Marathon series)

2014 (u15 – second year)
- 1st in Australia Subaru All Mountain National Cup Series.
- 1st in Australia XCO champs.
- 1st in QLD XCO champs
- 1st in u17 Qld Yakima Sunshine series (racing up an age group)
- 1st u17 Qld Cyclocross champs
- 2nd in u15 Qld State road, time trial & criterium champs
- 2nd u17 QLD state Enduro champs.
- 1st u15 Metro criterium champs.
- 2nd Open Mens 26km Bayview blast Mtb marathon.
- Attended AIS junior Mountain bike training camp – October 2014 

2013 (u15 – 1st year)
- 2nd in Australia Subaru All Mountain National Cup Series
- 3rd in Australia XCO champs
- 1st in Queensland XCO State champs
- 1st in 11km Flight Centre Minor Epic & overall in u16
- 1st in u19 20km Flight Centre Epic
- 2nd overall in 20km Flight Centre Epic
- 1st in U17 Qld Yakima Sunshine XCO series (racing up an age group)
- 1st u17 Qld Cyclocross champs
- 1st U17 Qld state Gtravity champs

SPONSORS

Planet Cycles

Progressive Coaching Systems

Ride Mechanic Australia

32Gi Australia

Sahmurai Australia

Accelerate Brisbane

Cycle Physio

Oakley

For all enquires, please contact Cameron Wright at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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