Despite recent surgery to correct a sinus condition, Annette Edmondson is ready to defend her national omnium crown and tackle the inaugural national women’s Madison at the 2014 Omnium, Para-cycling & Madision National Championships in Melbourne next week.
Over the past 16 months, Edmondson has laid claim to the moniker of Australia’s ‘Queen of the omnium’, with Olympic and World Championship bronze, two Oceania titles and the Australian National title in her pocket.
Most recently, the South Australian finished fifth in the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup (TWC) series in Manchester in November, before claiming the Oceania title in New Zealand perfect fashion by winning all six events.
However the 22-year-old then bypassed the second round of the TWC held in Mexico last weekend to fit in surgery after battling congestion issues for much of the year.
“Hopefully (I’ll be even better),” joked Edmondson. “For the last 12 months, I was constantly feeling heavy in the head, with headaches and a cough. It’s great to finally have it gone as it was always lingering and every time I got sick it hung around.”
Edmondson has two career omnium national titles (2013, 2011) and has shared the past four crowns with Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW).
The pair will battle London Olympians Amy Cure (TAS) and Melissa Hoskins (WA), plus Bella King (WA), Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) and Kimberley Wells (ACT) in the two-day Championships which begins at the DISC Velodrome on Thursday.
“I’ve been back on the bike for a week now, it was only a short recovery and shouldn’t affect me too much,” she said. “I did have good form at Oceanias, so I will be banking on that and hoping I will be fresh in time for the Omnium next week.
“(But) the competition is definitely going to be there as I know the other girls are in flying form, especially Bella King who came fifth just recently in Mexico. But I will be up for a challenge.”
Following the Omnium, Edmondson will turn her attention to Saturday’s inaugural women’s Madison National Championships where she will partner fellow South Australian Jess Mundy in the 100-lap event.
In all, ten teams will line up including the pairings Hoskins and King, Ankudinoff and Josie Talbot (NSW), plus Cure and Georgia Baker (TAS).
“This is a big one for Australian women’s cycling and I am really looking forward to riding it for the first time as it is going to be a very exiting event,” said Edmondson, who with Mundy, finished second in the demonstration women’s Madison event at DISC in 2012 (won by Cure and King).
“We all put our hand up by riding it last year in the hope it would become an official event and it is nice to see that Cycling Australia is listening to the female riders and trying to help equality,” Edmondson recognised.
The Omnium and Para-cycling Championships will be held on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December, with the Madison Championships to feature as part of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels Carnival on Saturday 21 December.
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2014 Cycling Australia Track National Championship season
Omnium & Para-cycling: DISC, Melbourne. 19 & 20 December 2013
Madison: DISC, Melbourne. 21 December 2013
Elite: Super-drome Adelaide. 29 January - 1 February 2014
Key dates on the Australian and International track calendar
January 17-19 2014 UCI Track World Cup III Guadalajara, Mexico
February 26 - Mar 2 2014 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships Cali, Colombia
July 24-27 2014 2014 Commonwealth Games Track Cycling Glasgow, Scotland
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The Rotterdam Six-Day organiser welcomes two top riders its start list, Theo Bos and Graeme Brown.
The two team Belkin riders, both strong in the Madison, should be among favourites for the overall win, January 2 to 7, 2014. The Netherlands' Bos already counts world titles in the kilo, sprint and Keirin. Brown helped Australia to a Madison and team pursuit gold medial at the Athens Olympics.
"It's been a while since I've raced a six-day so I am super excited riding in Rotterdam," said Bos. "It's really cool to pair with Graeme as he is someone with a good record on the track and it's a wonderful challenge such a strong field as a Team Belkin-couple."
Bos won the Madison bronze medal with Peter Schep at the 2011 World Championships in Apeldoorn. He said that returning to he boards and hand-slings feels like returning to an old love.
"We're going for the podium but really just want to compete for the victory," added Bos. "The Six Days of Rotterdam is one of, if not the most, beautiful six-days. I was there at the beginning, and the event has only become better and bigger. The field is always good and we ride in a beautiful and historic location."
A track record Bos and Brown's palmarès contain prestigious wins on the track. Bos won between 2004 and 2007, five world titles and an Olympic silver medal in Athens. Brown ruled in the team events in the same Athens Games. He won gold in the team pursuit and he repeated the feat in the Madison.
Brown said that it had always been his wish to race a six-day in Europe and debut in the Ahoy Centre.
"I always wanted to race a European six-day but it just never happened," Brown explained. "After my Olympic title at the Madison in 2004, I once was asked for a six-day but then I got married and I had to cancel. Six-days are gorgeous. I recently watched the Amsterdam Six-Day and that was really cool."
The double Olympic champion, who often leads out Bos in the sprints, has high hopes but remains realistic. "Theo and I both have a great past on the track but it will get difficult in Rotterdam because there are riding many strong riders. Ahoy has a strong reputation and I am happy that I can return to the slopes. I just love the track."
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The Southland Track Championships provided a fantastic opportunity for the New Zealand Para-Cycling team to test new tandem pairings and enjoy great opposition over the three day event. The Japanese team competed and pushed the New Zealand riders all the way.
A true spectacle for spectators was provided by the tandems on Saturday with the Japanese pairing setting the pace first up. Their time was blown out of the water by both the Emma Foy / Laura Fairweather pairing and the Phillipa Gray / Kylie Young pairing.
The final showdown between the two saw Gray/Young come out on top, breaking the NZ record along the way. The time was only 0.8 seconds of the World Record set by Gray and Fairweather at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Para-Cycling men also provided an awe-inspiring sight, with Japanese rider Masaki Fujita posting a blistering pace 3.45 for his 3km Individual Pursuit. This was a personal best and faster than his bronze medal performance at the London 20012 Paralympic Games.
Former Paralympian Kate Horan competed in the 500m time trial in a time of 40.632. This performance was outstanding considering Kate only started in Para-Cycling in January 2013.
Brendon Cameron (PNZ Bike Head Performance Coach) said, “We have been thrilled with the outstanding performances of the entire team this weekend, however the NZ records set by the tandems is an outstanding achievement.” He continues, “It has been fantastic having the Japanese Para-Cycling team here and provided great training and competition and we certainly hope they will return in the future.”
Full results below:
Friday 6 Dec500m Time Trial
Fiona Southorn (C5)42.478
Kate Horan (C4)40.632
1000m Time TrialStephen Hills (C2)1.22.962
Phillipa and Kylie (B)1.09.810 - NZ RECORD
Emma and Laura (B)1.10.755
Saturday 7 Dec
3000m Pursuit (Qualifier)
Emma and Laura (B)3.33.847
Phillipa and Kylie (B)3.35.979
Stephen Hills (C2)4.16.497
3000m Pursuit (Final)
Emma and Laura (B)3.33.304
Phillipa and Kylie (B)3.32.367 - NZ RECORD
Stephen Hills (C2)4.16.226
Sunday 8 Dec
Fiona Southorn (C5)3.58:250
Fiona Southorn (C5)4.00:980
The Victorian Senior Track Champs (Elite & Para-cycling) were held at DISC over the weekend.
Day 1 saw riders competing in the Time Trial, Standing Lap and Individual Pursuit. There were many fantastic performances across the day, including the following:
Detailed results for Day One's events are listed HERE
Day 2 saw riders competing in the Sprint, Keirin and Points Races. Highlight performances across the day included the following:
Detailed results for Day Two's events are listed HERE
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New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins battled pain and an injured hand to finish fourth in the men’s sprint at the UCI track cycling world cup in Mexico today.
Earlier this week, Dawkins who crashed heavily in training, took his place in the team sprint to ensure they met their qualification obligations for the world championships. Had the team been forced to scratch, then New Zealand faced being ruled ineligible for February’s world championships.
They finished eighth with Dawkins clearly struggling on third wheel with his heavily bruised backside and his hand skinned from the fall.
With a further day to recover, Dawkins came out firing on all cylinders to be 12th fastest in qualifying for the 200m sprint in 9.668, bettering the fastest time by a New Zealander of 9.907s that he set at the recent Oceania Championship.
Dawkins them produced a superb piece of tactical riding and speed to beat Germany’s Robert Forstemann, the world cup sprint winner at Manchester last month, in the first round of elimination racing.
He then disposed of Olympic medallist Maximilian Levy (Germany) in two straight rides in the quarterfinal before he was beaten by London gold medallist Jason Kenny in the semifinals in two photo finishes, and had to ultimately settle for fourth.
Dawkins achieved this without being able to grip strongly with his injured hand.
“It was pretty unexpected in qualifying because I was riding pretty much one-handed I was a little bit squiggly in the corners. But it was no mean feat to ride 9.6 in that field when all but two qualifiers went under 10 seconds,” Dawkins said.
His win over Forstermann was a real boost.
“It is always good to beat the big man. He puts out a lot of comment on social media that he was going to set world records and win, so it was a great scalp.
“I ended up making some small mistakes mostly because I struggled to grip the bike. At the end of the day my body has definitely had enough. I am looking forward to a break to get healthy. It has been three crashes in 30 days so I would like to stay upright for at least a month.
“I think we have strong chances for medals at the world championships in the team sprint and I think several of us have chances in individual events as well.”
In other racing Timaru’s Shane Archbold finished a solid eighth in the men’s omnium, won by Australian Luke Davison, who impressed in winning the Oceania title last month.
Today Archbold was 10th in the individual pursuit, 13th in the scratch race and fifth in the 1000m time trial.
Waimate teenager Dylan Kennett placed an impressive fourth place in the men’s 15km points race, won by Owain Doull from Great Britain who put a lap on the field.
Riders took full effects of the 10,000ft altitude at Aquascalientes with Frenchman Francois Pervis breaking the world record in the men’s sprint clocking 9.347 seconds while Australian great Anna Meares became the first woman to go under the 33 second barrier in the 500m time trial.
Day 2 results:
Men sprint qualifying: Francois Pervis (FRA) 9.347, 1; Matthew Glaetzer (AUS) 9.459, 2; Pavel Kelemen (CZE) 9.558, 3. Also Eddie Dawkins 9.668, 12; Matt Archibald 9.681 14; Sam Webster 9.802, 26; Simon van Velthooven 9.830, 31.
Round 1: Pavel bt Archibald, Dawkins bt Robert Forstemann (GER).
Quarterfinals: Jason Kenny (GBR) bt Pervis 2-0, Glaetzer bt Njisane Phillip (TRI) 2-0, Kelemen bt Michael D’Almeida (FRA) 2-0, Dawkins bt Maximilian Levy (GER) 2-0.
Semifinals: Kenny bt Dawkins 2-0, Gleatzer bt Kelemen 2-0.
Final: Glaetzer bt Kenny 2-0. Third-fourth: Kelemen bt Dawkins 2-0.
B Quarterfinals: Hersony Canelon (VEN) bt Archibald.
Men omnium, individual pursuit: Artyon Zakharov (KAZ) 4:19.939, 1; Sebastian Mora (ESP) 4:20.000, 2; Tim Veldt (NED) 4:21.4222, 3; Also Shane Archbold (NZL) 4:28.543, 10.
Scratch race: Eiya Hasimoto (JPN) 1, Chun Leung (HKG) 2, Thomas Boudat (FRA) 3. Also: Archbold 13.
Time trial: Ed Clancy (GBR) 1:00.908, 1; Veldt 1:01.739, 2; Jasper De Buyst (BEL) 1:02.325, 3. Also Archbold 1:02.898, 5.
Final points: Luke Davison (AUS) 32, 1; De Buyst (BEL) 34, 2; Zakharov 36, 3. Also: Archbold 49, 8.
Scratch race 15km: Owain Doull (GBR) 1, King Cheung (HKG) 2, Roman Lutsyshyn (UKR) 3. Also: Dylan Kennett (NZL) 4.
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