Reece is in the race

Talented local cyclist Reece Tucknott in action.
Talented local cyclist Reece Tucknott in action.

The Lesmurdie resident flew to the Czech Republic and Germany in June as part of the Mountain Bike Australian junior team to race against the world’s best.

He finished 13th in the Czech Republic and 12th in Germany out of 130 competitors.

Now back at home, he told the Kalamunda Reporter he was thrilled with the results.

‘I am really happy; I have not raced in Europe before and it is the biggest thing I have done,’ he said.

‘I went in with no expectations and an open mind; it is really different racing over there, there are so many more riders that it can be a little bit intimidating sometimes.

‘It is a bit of a shock when you look back and you can’t see the end of the group of racers.’

Exhausted from the travel and racing, the Mazenod College graduate said he would catch up on some sleep but will soon be back training for the Road Nationals in Canberra on June 27.

‘I am hoping for a top 10 finish over there,’ he said.

Tucknott became the under-19 National Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion in March this year. He is also a former National Cross Country under-15 champion.

In March he finished runner-up in the National Cross Country Series, run over three events in Adelaide, Mt Buller and Echuca, before winning a bronze medal in the Mountain Bike Oceania Championships in New Zealand.

He will also take part in the Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway in September.