Kaiden Carter-Lanzon, 15, has taken the leap two divisions higher in this season's mountain bike races, and won both his starts.
Kaiden Carter-Lanzon, 15, has taken the leap two divisions higher in this season's mountain bike races, and won both his starts. Jake Jones

Young rider is on a steady climb to elite divisions

KAIDEN Carter-Lanzon keeps getting told to go to higher mountain bike divisions because he has so much talent.

The trouble is, the 15-year-old has already progressed two divisions higher than last season, when he won the junior category of the Rockhampton mountain bike series.

Two rounds in, the tall, skinny rider has two more wins, one in the novice category and then another in the sport category.

"I went from juniors last year to novice, and the second round stepped up and went to sport," he said.

"I won the novice by eight or nine minutes, so that was a good indicator to go harder."

Not expecting such a smooth transition from racing kids to men, Carter-Lanzon has three rounds of the series left in the sport category to continue making his mark.

After a tough race where he waited patiently for his chance to break into the lead, he is looking to progress next time out.

"I went for it late because I started late in the pack," he said. "I picked off people one by one and gunned it."

Only the best four of five rounds count towards the total point score, meaning the Gladstone rider can still be competitive.

It is mainly because of his dad, Chris, that Carter-Lanzon has gone up divisions.

"Dad told me to make the jump because finishing so far first made me feel safe," he said.

Carter-Lanzon is keen to learn as much as he can before taking on the best in the elite class, where his dad races.

The reality may be different though - if he can win his current category, an unwritten rule says the winner goes up to challenge the higher riders.



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