Illawarra Cycle Club picked up three medals, Bicisport two, Vikings one, Sutherland Shire one, Lidcombe Auburn one and Vikings one in an action packed day that may well have seen ICC's gold medal team record the fourth fastest masters teams pursuit of all time, at the NSW Masters Club Team Pursuit Championships at Dunc Gray Velodrome last weekend.
The Illawarra One team comprising Scott Butler, Mark Jewell, Paul Oyster and Simon Kersten took gold in the masters men all ages event in a sizzling 3.21.313 in a close ride off against silver medallists Bicisport One (Jayson Austin, Daniel Hennessy, Matthew Glanville and Richard Mcardle) who finished the 3000 metre race in 3.22.684.
Bronze went to the Sutherland Shire team of Darren Cash, Aiden Lyons, Andrew Herlihen and Christian Vella in 3.28,162, 1.33 ahead of Illawarra Two comprising David McMaster, Gregory Brennan, Peter Krellis, Stuart Boyle and Christian King.
The end result followed the pattern of the qualifying round, with Illawarra One qualifying first and Bicisport second - both slower than what they recorded for their final ride (3.23.238/3.24.817). Illawarra Two had qualified marginally faster than Sutherland (3.30.474/3.33.225) but in the bronze medal ride off it was Sutherland who won the bronze medal.
According to historical figures provided by one of the riders, Daniel Hennessy, the fastest time recorded for the 12 lap event was 3.19.758 in a demonstration event in Manchester in January 2012. The second was 3.20.465 at the Sydney national championships in February 2012 and third 3.20.561 recorded by Argentina in the final of the UCI world championships in Manchester in October 2013.
An Illawarra team recorded a 3.21 at the NSW championships last year, so Illawarra One's 3.21.313 and Bicisport's 3.22.684 appear to place them fourth and sixth in the world. The next best time on record was a 3.22.988 by USA at the world championships in Manchester in October 2013.
The masters men 150 plus division was run over the lesser distance of 2000 metres or eight laps and was won by the Bicisport team comprising Michael O'Brien, Geoffrey Baxter, David Willmott, Michael Lawson, Peter Verhoeven and Graham Tierney in 2.20.933, well ahead of Illawarra Five (Gary Mandy, Neil Arnold, David Russell, Keith Bennett) who picked up their silver medal in 3.23.195.
Bronze went to Vikings (Steven Jones, Paul Angelatos, Mark Harris and Eddie O'Farrell) in 2.23.338 in a definitive decider against Hunter District Two's Bradley MacDonald, Brett James Greg White and Peter Selfrig ( 2.28.364)
The qualifiers for the 150 plus division had seen Bicisport qualify fasters in 2.22.546, Illawarra Five second fastest in 2.22.844 , Vikings third fastest in 2.27.895 and Hunter District fourth fastest in 2.31.42.
The women's division attracted only two entries, which usually means no championships medals can be awarded, but the CNSW Technical Commission decided to provide gold and silver medals for the two teams in support of women's cycling and to reward the training they had put in.
That meant the very large Illawarra squad got to take home more gold medals after the team of Kirsten Bennett, Jules Verheyen, Deborah Coulls and Catherine Hooton recorded 2.45.163 ahead of the Lidcombe Auburn Six team of Donna Meehan, Rebecca Frater, Kim Stokeld and Melanie Reiter which took home silver.
Next event on the calendar for masters riders are the National Masters Track Cycling Championships being held at DISC, Melbourne, from March 12-15
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The final day of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships netted Australia two medals, taking the team’s final tally to eight for the five-day Championships, equal with Germany for most by any nation.
Dual keirin world champion Anna Meares claimed her second silver medal of the week, while London Olympic omnium bronze medallist Annette Edmondson clinched her third consecutive World Championship podium appearance in the women’s omnium with bronze.
After winning the team pursuit gold medal on the opening night of competition, Alexander Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea teamed to finish fourteenth in the men's Madison.
In the night’s other final, an amazing recovery from South Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer following a crash in the keirin earlier in the week saw him claim fourth in the men's sprint final.
Australia finished with eight medals including three world championships through the men’s team pursuit (Edmondson, O'Shea, Scotson, Davison and Mulhern), plus Alex Edmondson in the men’s individual pursuit and Amy Cure in the women’s points race.
"It was a challenging World Championships for us in Colombia, but I'm pleased with the overall performance of the team, and especially encouraged with our 'never say die' attitude, when the odds were stacked against us," said Kevin Tabotta, National Performance Director, High Performance Unit, Cycling Australia.
"The way that Matt Glaetzer bounced back from a horror crash in the kerin to line up with his injuries two days later. And then go on to make his first semi final appearance, in the highly competitive men's sprint event was an inspiration to the team.
"That shows the sort of character required for success at this level and he will surely feature on podiums in many championships to come.
"No country was able to really dominate here in Cali and so our eight medals with three gold is a good indicator of our progress as we head toward the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in July.
"We still have some work to do to be true podium contenders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games across the program of events, but things are heading in the right direction," Tabotta added.
Women's Keirin - Meares & Morton
Dual keirin world champion Anna Meares claimed her second silver medal of the week, finishing behind Germany’s Kristina Vogel in a thrilling women’s final.
It was a three-way battle in the final between Meares, Vogel - looking for her third gold medal of the week after pocketing sprint and team sprint gold earlier in the week - and reigning world champion Becky James (GBR).
Vogel went to the front at the bell lap, with Meares and James rubbing elbows as they chased the German powerhouse. It was a tight finish, but it was Vogel with the win just ahead of Meares and James.
With the win, Vogel became just the third female in history with Anna Meares (2011) and Victoria Pendleton (2007) to win three sprint gold medals at one Championship.
“I wasn’t sure how I was going to go today. I just tried to listen to my coach as much as possible and race the races that he wanted me to race,” said Meares, who claimed the keirin world crown in successive years in 2011 and 2012.
“I just said to him ‘look I’ll give you all I’ve got’, I was so happy to fight as much as I did and to come as close as I did to Kristina, who is in amazing form. I think it was a great race, it really was.”
It was the second silver medal of the Championships for Meares after finishing just behind Germany’s Miriam Welte in the 500m time trial on the second night of competition.
The reigning Olympic and 2011 sprint champion was halted however at the quarterfinal stage of the sprint event.
“Like I said on the night of the sprint, as much as I found it very difficult to go through, you get beaten but as long as you’re not defeated,” said Meares, who now boasts twenty-two World Championship career medals.
“I spend a lot of time just getting my head around that and I remember that I’ve been in that position many a times before and have come out of it.
“Sometimes I shouldn’t listen to myself when I’m having a bad day and that worked today. I listened to my husband and I listened to my coach and generally they should be the only people that I listen to,” remarked Meares.
Fellow South Australian Stephanie Morton finished ninth overall after finishing third in the 7-12 small final.
Women's Omnium Final - Edmondson
London Olympic omnium bronze medallist Annette Edmondson secured her third consecutive omnium World Championship podium appearance winning bronze.
The omnium features six events held across two days, with riders accumulating point based on their finishing position in each round. The rider with the lowest at the end of the six rounds is declared the winner.
Edmondson, 21, claimed the minimum one point in three rounds – flying lap, scratch race and the 500m time trial– and finished in the top three in the elimination and individual pursuit.
However it was an eleventh place finish in the second event - the 20km points race – which proved costly for the South Australian.
“I’m coming home with two bronze (medals) so I am happy with that,” said Edmondson who reached the team pursuit podium on day two. “I guess I’ve just got to figure something else out and try to go a couple of steps better.
“I definitely know I can improve, I stuffed up my points race and if I hadn’t lost so many points in that I would be looking at a different result.
“Practice makes perfect so maybe I just need to get a bit more experience at the World Cups. I’ll learn from it and hopefully next time change things up a bit,” Edmondson added.
It was a clinical display from reigning champion Sarah Hammer (USA/14pts) who defended her title ahead of reigning Olympic and 2012 champion Laura Trott (GBR/20pts).
Men's Madison 50 Km - Edmondson/O’Shea
Following their team pursuit victory on the opening night of competition, the South Australian duo of Glenn O’Shea and Alex Edmondson paired for the 50km, 200 lap men’s Madison final.
The pair began in the best possible way, gaining a lap on the field after lap seven, before Edmondson continued their momentum, picking up valuable sprint points with 140 laps remaining.
However near the halfway mark of the race, Australia lost their one lap advantage, with the race marred by a crash brought down Switzerland, New Zealand and Great Britain teams shortly after.
With the pace of the race stringing the teams out across the Cali Velodrome, the Belgium and the Czech Republic teams proved their strength in the discipline, earning continuous points in the sprint laps further putting Australia on the back foot.
Spain was eventually awarded the gold medal on 18 points ahead of the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Edmondson will now head back to Australia with two rainbow jerseys after claiming both the team and individual pursuit world titles. While fellow team pursuit world champion O’Shea can rest after a heavy workload which included four events (Madison, team pursuit, points, scratch).
Men's Sprint - Glaetzer
An amazing recovery from South Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer secured his highest ever finish in the men’s sprint event at a World Championships.
After knocking out teammates Shane Perkins and Daniel Ellis in Saturday’s qualifying, Glaetzer faced reigning world champion Stefan Botticher (GER) in the semi final. There, Glaetzer took the German to three heats, with Botticher moving through by little more than the width of a tyre.
In the bronze medal final, it was another strong performance from Glaetzer, but it was not enough as he was beaten by Russia’s Denis Dmitriev in two straight heats.
It has been a week of highs and lows for the 21-year-old after a spectacular crash in the second round of the keirin on Thursday threatened his campaign. The crash, caused by his opponent who was later relegated, resulted in Glaetzer sliding 50 metres down the home straight and into the bend, with his bike catapulting into the stands.
"It was a bit of a testing situation to see whether I’ll be able to pull up alright for the sprint and be competitive and I surprised myself with how good I was feeling,” said Glaetzer after, who claimed his maiden world title in the team sprint with Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland in 2012.
“To be able to come up against Shane Perkins and to beat him one-on-one, that’s a first. That was a big step in itself.
“I made huge gains out of this week and it’s just the process of continuing on that trend and making sure that I’m doing the right things. Focusing on the processes, just focusing race to race and not trying to win as such but to do the right things to win,” Glaetzer added.
Australia finished with eight medals overall. Complete medal table.
Men's Team Pursuit - Glenn O’Shea (SA, 24), Alex Edmondson (SA, 20), Michell Mulhern (QLD, 23), Miles Scotson (SA, 20), Luke Davison (SA, 23).
Men's Individual Pursuit - Alex Edmondson (SA, 20)
Womens Points Race - Amy Cure (TAS, 21)
Women's Time Trial - Anna Meares (SA, 30)
Women's Keirin - Anna Meares (SA, 30)
Women's Individual Pursuit - Amy Cure (TAS, 21)
Women's Team Pursuit - Annette Edmondson (21, SA), Amy Cure (TAS, 21), Bella King (WA, 21), Hoskins (WA, 22)
Women's Omnium - Annette Edmondson (21, SA)
Tasmania’s Amy Cure has won her maiden world title after claiming the women’s 25km points race at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Columbia on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Cure, who hails from the Tasmanian town of Penguin, rode a calculated race beyond her years to win on 38 points head of Germany’s Stephanie Pohl and Canada’s Jasmin Glaesser.
It was the third podium appearance in three days for Cure after she took bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.
In other events, South Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer progressed through to the semi finals of the men’s sprint competition less than 48 hours after being involved in a spectacular crash in the men’s keirin.
In a tough run for the Aussie sprint men on day four, Glaetzer became ‘Aussie Killer’ after knocking both Shane Perkins and Daniel Ellis out of the competition.
In the omnium competition, South Australia’s Annette Edmondson sits in fourth place overall in the women’s event which concludes on Sunday, while Luke Davison finished thirteenth in the men’s event.
Women's 25km Points Race Final – Cure
Tasmania’s Amy Cure clinched her maiden world title with a superb ride to win the women’s 25km points race in Colombia on Saturday evening.
“It is pretty unbelievable, It has been so long, to finally get a world championship, it is all I have ever dreamed about,” said Cure, who claimed four world titles on the track in 2009 and 2010 in the under 19 category.
“Four times junior world champion, but all I have ever wanted was that senior title. It has taken a few years, but to finally get there, words can’t really express how I am feeling,” added Cure, who became just Australia’s second champion in the event following Katherine Bates’ 2007 world title.
The 21-year-old Cure, who hails from the Tasmanian town of Penguin conserved her energy in the early stages of the 100 lap race, but still figuring in the points in three of the first four of ten sprints - held every ten laps.
After the fourth sprint, Cure lead an attack and was joined by Pohl, with the pair taking a lap on the field to each gain an additional twenty points. Cure also collected another five points after winning the fifth sprint, moving her to 38 points.
Pohl edged in front of Cure by three points after claiming second and first across the line in the next two sprints, however the diminutive Aussie held her nerve to fight back to return favour on the German in the eighth and ninth sprints.
Leading by five points heading into the final sprint, Cure held on to win on 38 points head of Germany’s Stephanie Pohl (35pts) who collected two points on the final sprint, with Canada’s Jasmin Glaesser (32pts) taking bronze.
“Taking the lap took a lot longer than I thought it would, but when I finally got on, I just knew I had to sit in for a few sprints and recover,” said Cure after securing her third podium appearance in three days after taking bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.
“It is a bit surreal, coming here my main focus coming here was the team pursuit and the individual pursuit, the points race probably wasn’t my main focus, so to pull this off, I am stoked.”
It has been an amazing 18 months since travelling to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the Australian team, although not gaining a berth in an event.
In 2013, Cure enjoyed a tremendous season with the Jayco-AIS women’s road team in Europe, earning her a contract with Lotto-Belisol Ladies for 2014.
Most recently, Cure claimed the individual and team pursuit titles at the National Championships in Adelaide in January.
“I would like to thank my coaches Gary Sutton and Matthew Gilmore, my family and friends back home who have supported me the whole through all the hard times,” said Cure.
“Also to my team mates, when you go to event like this so far from home, your team mates become your family. So it was awesome to have them on the sidelines, cheering me and I can’t thank them for getting me to the finish line.”
Men’s Sprint QF – Perkins, Glaetzer
It was a bitter sweet day for Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer as he moved through to Sunday’s men’s sprint semi final, albeit at the expense of his own team mates.
After qualifying tenth fastest in the afternoon’s qualifying, Adelaide’s Glaetzer (9.937) knocked Canberra’s Daniel Ellis out of the competition in the 1/16 round.
Glaetzer then moved past Germany’s Robert Forstemann in the round of 1/8, before once again being matched up with a green and gold Australian jersey, this time in Victoria’s Shane Perkins.
In a superb display of power and control, Glaetzer got the better of Perkins, the London Olympic sprint bronze medallist and 2010 World Championships silver medalist, in two straight heats.
It is an amazing recovery for the 21-year-old after Glaetzer who was involved in a spectacular crash in the second round of the keirin on Thursday. The crash in the front straight saw him slide 50 metres down the home straight and into the bend, with his bike catapulting into the stands.
The two-day competition continues with the semi finals and final on Sunday.
Women’s Omnium – Rounds 1/2/3 – Edmondson
London Olympic omnium bronze medallist Annette Edmondson sits in fourth position (15 points).
Edmondson took the minimum one point (14.027) with the fastest time in the opening event, however n the 20km points race, Edmondson finished down the order in eleventh position, moving her score out to 12 points. In the evening’s elimination race she finished third.
Edmondson, who has reached the podium in the event at the past two World Championships, trails reigning champion Sarah Hammer (USA/4pts), reigning Olympic and 2012 champion Laura Trott (GBR/10pts) and Jolien D'Hoore (BEL/11pts) on the standings.
The women’s omnium continues with the final two events - individual pursuit, scratch and time trial – on Sunday.
Men’s Omnium – Final - Davison
Australia’s Luke Davison finished thirteenth overall on 71 points in the men’s omnium championships won by Thomas Boudat (FRA) on 24 points.
Davison, who claimed the gold medal in the second round of the UCI World Cup Series in Mexico last December, finished third in the Flying Lap (13.187), eighteenth in the 30km points race, sixteenth in the elimination race on day one.
In today’s three events, he finished ninth in the individual pursuit (4:33.593), seventeenth in the scratch race, and eighth in the final event – the one kilometre time trial (1:03.987).
Minori Shimmura, became the 116th winner of the Austral Wheelrace - adding his name to an honour roll that includes Sid Patterson, Shane Kelly and Danny Clarke – tonight at Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC).
Shimmura, who came off a handicap of 105m, attacked ferociously with a lap and a half to ride and maintained his speed to the line to become the first Japanese winner of the famous race.
When asked how it felt to win Australia’s most prestigious and famous race, Shimmura said, “I am very happy. Thank-you.” Young Victorian sprint star Jacob Schmid (90m) rode strongly but was no match for Shimmura's finishing power and came in second, while Warrnambool’s Samuel Lane (190m) finished third. The first backmarker across the line was Scott Sunderland (10m), who came in fifth.
Swiss Paralympian, Annina Gallagher was successful in the Women’s Austral, winning comfortably from Brunswick’s Rebecca Sutherland and Gabrielle Belz. Gallagher and Sutherland both started from a 230 metre handicap and combined exceptionally to stay well clear of the chasing riders behind.
Earlier in the program, Blackburn’s Kelland O’Brien was successful in the Junior Men’s Austral, and Brunswick’s Grace Mazzarella took the title in the Junior Women’s.
In the first race of the evening, South Australian Lisa Hanley won the Victorian Women’s scratch race from Shannon McCurley. Coming in third was Alexandra Manly, also of South Australia, who took out first place in the under 19’s.
To round out the evening, Dutch rider Roy Pieters added to the strong international flavour of the night, taking out the Elite Men’s Scratch Race from NSW’s Scott Law.
The stars of track cycling will now turn their focus to the Bendigo International Madison Carnival next weekend (March 7-9).
Tasmania's Amy Cure secured Australia’s fifth medal of the 2014 UCI Track World Championship in Colombia with bronze in the women’s individual pursuit.
Reigning Olympic and 2011 world champion Anna Meares and fellow South Australian Steph Morton finished seventh and sixth respectively in the women’s sprint competition after being beaten at the quarterfinal stage.
South Australia’s O’Shea finished tenth in the men’s 40km points race, while at the halfway mark of the men’s omnium Luke Davison (SA) sits in fourteenth position.
The five-day Championships in Cali, Columbia continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.
Women's Individual Pursuit – Cure
After reaching the podium in the team pursuit on the second night of competition, Tasmania’s Amy Cure lined up against Ganna Solovei (UKR) in the bronze medal final of women’s 3000m individual pursuit.
2013 silver medallist in the event, Cure established an early lead of .77 at the first 1km check, before Solovei (UKR) fought back in second kilometre to reduce the deficit to just less than two tenths of a second.
An enthralling final kilometre ensued, with Cure upping the ante in the dying stages to cross the line in 3mins 36.174sec, three tenths of a second ahead of Solovei (3:37:003)
“Obviously I really wanted to get into that gold and silver medal ride, but I am really happy with how I went,” said Cure, the reigning Australian champion.
“For the past three to four years I have been four or five seconds off those girls so to sit back and realise I am finally getting close to them is a real positive for me,” added Cure, 21, recorded the third fastest time in the afternoon qualifying session (3:30.895), just three tenths of a second out of the ride for gold.
“(In the final) I started off pretty hard, and I knew it was getting close towards the end, so I had to lay it on the line and give it everything at the end.
“I am really happy with my performance and my two bronze medals and give it everything I have in the points on Saturday.”
Joanna Rowsell (GBR/3:30.318) defeated five-time world champion in the event Sarah Hammer (USA/3:31.535) for her maiden title in the event.
Women’s Sprint – Quarterfinals – Meares & Morton
In her first worlds campaign since the London 2012 Olympic Games, Meares qualified seventh fastest in the afternoon ‘Flying 200m qualifying’, progressing through to a quarterfinal match up with Tianshi Zhong (CHN) whom she had never raced previously.
Not fazed by her more credentialed counterpart, Zhong pounced at the bell lap in each race, with the move paying dividends each time as she edged Meares in two straight heats.
“Tough day, sometimes you have a bad day, but I can take a lot from this, there a lot of positives that can come out of it,” said Meares, who boasts five career medals in the event at the world level.
“The level is really stepping up and I wasn’t able to match it tonight unfortunately, but it is really good to get a good taste of new riders like this who has stepped up as much as they have.”
“It was ridiculous to see the quality of riders in the fifth to eighth final - the reigning world champion, the reigning Olympic champion, the reigning Paralympic champion - that says a lot about the riders who have stepped up.”
Likewise, Morton also exited the competition at the same stage, defeated by Germany’s Kristina Vogel, who claimed the team sprint gold medal on the opening night (with Welte) in straight heats.
Meares and Morton were left to fight it out in the small final for fifth to eighth rankings, with reigning world champion Becky James (GBR) finishing ahead of the two Australians.
Although disappointed in the result Meares instead refused to dwell, knowing the result is another step towards the next Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
“It is always a long, hard slog to be on the top on big competition days like Rio and I take solace in knowing that even riders like Chris Hoy didn’t win every race between Beijing and London,” said Meares, 30.
“Some days you get beaten, you just have to make sure you’re not defeated, that’s all.“ she added.
Both Meares and Morton will have a day off ahead of the women’s keirin on the final day of competition.
Men's Points Race 40 km FINAL - O’Shea
South Australia’s Glenn O’Shea finished in tenth place on 24 points in a thrilling points race won in spectacular style by hometown hero Edwin Ávila of Colombia.
In a truly superb display of points racing, Avila took three laps on the field with third being decisive as he won on 70 points ahead of Thomas Scully (NZL/65pts) and Eloy Teruel (ESP/58pts) who each took two laps.
O’Shea featured in a group of four which took a lap with just over ten laps remaining, and figured in the final two sprints to move up to tenth overall.
"I actually had really good legs today, but it was just one of those races where the moves you go in don't work, so that is disappointing given how good I felt," said O'Shea, after contesting his third event of the week. He won gold in the team pursuit on the opening night and finished eighth in the scratch race on night two.
"I am looking forward to Sunday's Madison, I am confident I can do well there and I actually think I am getting better as the week goes on," he added.
Men’s Omnium - Rounds 1/2/3 - Davison
Australia’s Luke Davison sits in fourteenth overall on 37 points after the first three of six rounds of the omnium.
Davison, who claimed the gold medal in the second round of the UCI World Cup Series in Mexico last December, finished third in the Flying Lap (13.187), eighteenth in the 30km points race and sixteenth in the elimination race.
The omnium continues on Saturday with the final three events - individual pursuit, scratch and kilometre time trial.
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