A METEORIC rise in less than a year has seen Anthony Tononcelli go from promising youngster to boom rider.
He recently received the Western Sydney Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year award for cycling.
Anthony, 15, of Cecil Hills, rides with Marconi Cycling Club.
He got the award on his improvement, participation and good attitude in training and competition. Anthony has leap-frogged from D grade to B grade level in less than 12 months.
A grade is the highest level at Marconi Cycling Club.
"I started riding at 11," Anthony said.
"I joined the Western Sydney Academy of Sport this year and I am happy with my progress.
"My coaches Nash Kent and Mark Craig have helped with my development."
The year 9 student at Freeman Catholic College said he was thrilled to get the award.
"I got a trophy to keep forever and a perpetual trophy to keep for one year."
Anthony said he rides between 200 and 250 kilometres a week in training.
He races once a week with Marconi and at other club run events.
Anthony stands at 170 centimetres tall and weighs 60 kilograms.
His cycling coach has told him he has the physique of a mountain climber, suited to road racing and endurance events.
"I do race on the track but I am better suited to road events," Anthony said.
Twice a week he trains or races at Western Sydney International Dragway and Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.
Anthony does his track training at the Dunc Gray Velodrome.