The Eather boys, Kurt and Dylan, formerly of Gunnedah, have been identified as emerging and developing talents in Australian cycling.

The sons of former local residents Vaughn and Janette Eather, Kurt (21), and Dylan ( 19) have been in the top rank of rising talent in the last few years, both winning Australian track and road age titles.

Last month they were named in Auscycling’s 2022/23 emerging and developing athletes squads, spread across track and road cycling, BMX and mountain bike racing in all Australian states and territories, which brings them into regular contact with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) high-performance network.

Kurt is in the track endurance developing squad and Dylan has been selected in the emerging squad.

Through last month, Kurt was the sole NSW representative in a small squad of developing cyclists who joined the Australian cycling team training for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (UK).

As part of the emerging squad, Dylan also flew to Adelaide for a weekend training with the Games squad.

The Eather family moved from Gunnedah to Dubbo in 2005 and the boys have been trained by their father Vaughn from an early age.

With high-level competition and training on the rise, the family recently moved to Niagara Park, near Ourimbah on the Central Coast, for easier access to Sydney. They continue to train every day and three times a week go to Sydney for training on the Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill.

Back in Gunnedah, the boys’ rise in cycling ranks is being closely watched by two sets of proud grandparents, Chris and Sue Eather and Ray and Joy Darcey. 

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