Former Gunnedah brothers dominate cycling season

FAMILY AFFAIR: Cyclists Kurt (left) and Dylan (right) with their parents Vaughn and Janette. The family previously lived in Gunnedah. Photo: Supplied
FAMILY AFFAIR: Cyclists Kurt (left) and Dylan (right) with their parents Vaughn and Janette. The family previously lived in Gunnedah. Photo: Supplied

Former Gunnedah residents Kurt and Dylan Eather are dominating cycling in NSW.

The brothers spent their younger years in Gunnedah with their parents Janette (nee Darcey) and Vaughn Eather before the family moved to Dubbo.

Kurt and Dyland brothers have both claimed national titles on the road and the track with a successful 2017.

In November, Kurt won the Sydney Scody Cup 1750m race in the open division at just 16 years of age. Dylan took fourth place in the junior men’s 1250m race.

Already this year, the teens have competed in the Clarence Street Cyclery Cup in Sydney, with Dylan finishing first in the under 17s division and Kurt claiming second in the men’s open event.

At the Cycling NSW presentation night in late January, Dylan was named the under 15 cyclist of the year; he is now in under 17s but is still only 14 years old.

Kurt Eather. Photo: Supplied

Kurt Eather. Photo: Supplied

Kurt took out the under 17 cyclist of the year at the presentation, and was named NSW junior cyclist of the year. He has now stepped up to senior competing as an under 19 and in open divisions. On Australia Day, Kurt was named Dubbo’s Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

In early February, Kurt competed at his first under 19 Track National Championships in Brisbane at the Anna Mears Velodrome, bringing home a bronze medal in the under 19 team pursuit with his team mates Tom Lynch, Daniel Gandy and Rohan Haydon-Smith.

Kurt’s hand had only been out of plaster for two weeks after breaking his scaphoid bone while competing at the White Bay Criterium Classic around Sydney Harbour in November.

The teen was happy with his results from the championships and said it was very fast racing all weekend and he can’t wait to get back to full strength.

Dylan Eather. Photo: Supplied

Dylan Eather. Photo: Supplied

On the same weekend, Dylan competed in Sydney at the NSW State Championships and brought home  one gold and three silver medals from six events.

The brothers are members of the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS), with 11 WRAS cyclists competing at the NSW State Championships; eight of those riders won medals.

The Eather brothers have sponsorship from Pushys and the ongoing support of their grandparents Joy and Ray Darcey of Gunnedah along with Sue and Chris Eather also of Gunnedah.

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