ONE of Tamworth's fastest rising cycling stars has claimed a major victory, just one year into her riding career.
Pip Ash claimed the country championship during the recent NSW Country and Metropolitan Road Championships.
Up against some of the best riders from around the state, Ash battled her way around the Sydney International Regatta Centre course in Penrith to claim a ninth-place finish overall.
Ash said the course allowed for some fierce competition.
"It was a super flat and fast race with a chicane leading into the final straight making for an interesting split-sprint finish," Ash told the Leader.
"We had a wet course after some rain in the morning but then dried out for perfect conditions for the elite men's showdown [later in the day]."
Tamworth was also well represented in the men's road race, with Luke Deasey putting in a top performance to finish ninth overall and fourth in the country standings.
After only taking up the sport last year, Ash said was proud of her achievement.
"I've only been riding for 18 months and racing for 12, so I'm still super fresh to it all, but I love it," she said.
"I certainly wouldn't be where I am now without the support and guidance of my coach Mick Sherwood."
Ash said she would now turn her attention to a packed schedule of races in the coming weeks.
"My next race is round two of the Dhuez Clothing Travelling Trophy Series next Sunday at Calga," she said.
"However, the end of July and August is packed with some exciting races as well as the Tamworth Cycle Festival on August 24 and 25."