With the rain set to drizzle and the humidity up, Thursday's Sprints at the Midvale Speed Dome in Perth were world class.
Rebecca Wheadon from RCCC finished second in the women’s masters 2 division, and with her string of great results is a contender for the Champion of Champions trophy, decided on a points basis.
Paralympian Paul Clohessy has been involved with the track for 11 years and says “the recent refurbishment is a great step and I look forward to racing the time trial on Saturday.” Paul will be competing in the Masters 3 Category and that includes previous World Champion Matt Poyner.
Masters women 5/ 7/9 sprint championship, thee lap event after a series of eliminations WA ran 1st Suzanne Challen (ATTA) 2nd WA Heather Sanderson (ATTA)
John Dixon (Track Cycling WA and 65yrs old) won the men Masters 8 division sprints in the Mens masters 10 Denis Robinson (76 yrs old) took out the event.
Masters 4 saw a strong performance by Greg Bastian (Northern Districts CC). This grade is for 45-49 year olds and is the biggest field of the Championships with 17 competitors. It is well represented by all states, but 11 are for the home state and cheered Greg onto a strong victory.
Geoff Stoker (NSW) won in straight heats today and it was an expected performance.
Friday is a rest day and our Interstate Commissaires will be visiting Rottnest Island to assist in the Time Trial for both the UWCT and the 2013 Woodside Tour De Perth .
The action will resume on Saturday with the Time Trial events and the presentation of the final trophies and the hard won “Champion of Champions” jersey.
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The second day of the 2013 Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships at the Perth Speedome was just as exciting as the first, with twenty gold medals decided.
Alison Dyson (Peel District Cycling Club) had a race to remember, after taking several turns at the front she sped from the rear to pip her eight competitors. This Scratch race included Jen Paine (British champion) and yesterday’s winner of the Individual Pursuit Liz Young.
In the men's team sprint, Greg Stoker teamed with Greg Allbon and Gavin White to give the Australian record a good nudge on their way to winning gold in the 135 combined ages category.
The women’s team sprint open category was a close contest with Renee Covington (Bathurst CC) and Jen Paine (Willesden CC) defeating Rebecca Wheadon (Roues Chaudes CC) and Susan Challen (ATTA) by 1.183 seconds.
Ken Benson, commentator and long-time WA rider noted "It has been enthusiastic and competitive scratch and points racing - its definitely not a roll around!”
Highlight of Thursday racings will be watching NSW multiple world Masters Champion Geoff Stoker on the track and sprints all day for all divisions.
Day 2 gold medalists:
MMAS1 10km Scratch Race Jack RICHARDS Balmoral CC
MMAS10 5km Scratch Race Denis ROBINSON Track Cycling WA
MMAS2 10km Scratch Race Stephen STORER Cats CC
MMAS3 20km Points Race John MURAZAK HPRW
MMAS4 20km Points Race Graeme ALLBON Randwick Botany
MMAS5 5km Scratch Race Patrick MARCUCCI Norwood
MMAS6 5km Scratch Race John ZIVANOVIC Kilkeny CC
MMAS7 5km Scratch Race Malcolm CLASOHM Whyalla
MMAS8 5km Scratch Race John DIXON Track Cycling WA
MMAS9 5km Scratch Race Glen ION Murwillumbah
WMAS1 5km Scratch Race Clare MANDENO Sydney Uni Velo
WMAS2 5km Scratch Race Jessica LAWS Lavington Panthers CC
WMAS3 5km Scratch Race Janelle SMITH Southern Tasmanian CC
WMAS4 5km Scratch Race Alison DYSON Peel District CC
WMAS5 5km Scratch Race Susan CHALLEN ATTA
WMAS7 5km Scratch Race Heather SANDERSON ATTA
WMAS9 5km Scratch Race Charlene SMITH Logan City CC
Masters Men 750m Team Sprint Gavin WHITE Randwick Botany/Graeme ALLBON Randwick Botany/Geoff STOKER Bike Barn Parramatta
Masters Women 500m Team Sprint Renee COVINGTON Bathurst/Jayne PAINE Willesden
Image courtesy of Cycling Australia/Tony Lendrum
Day 2 Results
With a sweltering 33 degrees and refurbished track, the prediction of some records being broken came true on the opening day of the 2013 Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships at the Perth Speedome.
Victoria's Lisa Hanley (Caulfield Carnegie CC) was the first to set the track alight with a world record* in the Women’s Masters 3 category 2000m individual pursuit.
Hanley clocked a time of 2mins 28:309secs to beat the previous record of 2mins 28:727secs set by Michelle Crawford (NSW) in Melbourne in 2010.
Liz Young set a new Australian record of 2:35.794 on her way to winning gold in the Women's Master 4 category.
Gold medalists from Day 1 - Individual Pursuits
MMAS8 2000m Terence SKINNER Track Cycling WA
MMAS7 2000m Malcolm CLASOHM Whyalla
MMAS6 2000m Anthony MILLS Townsville
MMAS5 2000m Lewis MARSHALL Rockhampton
WMAS4 2000m Liz YOUNG Uni CC
WMAS3 2000m Lisa HANLEY Carnegie Caulfield CC
WMAS2 2000m Rebecca WHEADON Roues de Chaudes CC6
MMAS4 3000m Andrew PATTEN HPRW
MMAS3 3000m Ian GARDINER Eastern Suburbs CC
MMAS2 3000m Robert REID Latrobe City CC
The opening day of the Championships was quite a spectacle with over 120 riders readying themselves for a week of cycling action.
Event Director Murray Hall said “It’s all come together, with our sponsors like Nexia and Direct Communications and the support of Venues West, getting a National Track Championships in Perth again is fantastic for the sport.”
Chief Commissaire Greg Vincent echoed Hall's sentiments, “We heard that many riders beat their personal best and that’s what it’s all about. The camaraderie was great with smiles all around," Vincent said.
Image courtesy of Track Cycling WA
The 2013 Cycling Australia Masters Track National Championships begin in Perth today, forming part of the exciting Perth Festival of Cycling.
The Championships will take place at the Speedome, Perth, April 9-13 2013, in conjunction with the UWCT Perth, a UCI Masters Qualifying Event, and the 2013 Subaru National Road Series opener, the Tour de Perth.
The Championships will feature three 2012 world champions and a host of Australian champions including Australian Masters Cyclist of the year Geoff Stoker (NSW), who will compete in the Sprint, Time Trial and the Team sprint with world champion teammate Gavin White and Graham Albon.
“All the indications are that everything is there,” Stoker commented. “I’ll be giving it my all and everything will be all left at the track.”
With mid-30 degree weather forecast for Perth, Stoker is expecting some fast times at the velodrome.
“It’s nice to be back in Perth, I haven’t raced here since 1997 - the track is looking fantastic,” Stoker added.
Other riders include 2012 world championship sprint silver medallist Rebecca Wheadon, men’s scratch race world champion Malcolm Clasohm and Gavin White, the reigning time trial world champion.
Tuesday 9th April- Pursuits Wednesday 10th April- Mens and Womens Team Sprint- Points/ Scratch races Thursday 11th April- Sprint Qualifying, rounds and all finals Friday 12th April- Rest Day Saturday 13th April- Time Trials
BikeNZ has selected a nine strong team to contest the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Glasgow later this year.
It is an all-male team that will venture to the championships in the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodome from 7-11 August.
Alexandra's Liam Aitcheson leads the team following his outstanding silver medal as part of the team pursuit at the junior world championships hosted in Invercargill late last year.
He is one of three riders back from the New Zealand team last year, joined by sprinters Jeremy Presbury (Invercargill) and Zac Williams (Auckland). Presbury was fourth in the keirin final and along with Williams part of the team sprint that finished fourth.
Oceania Championship scratch race winner Regan Gough (Central Hawkes Bay) gets his first chance, following in the footsteps of his Olympic medal-winning cousin Westley Gough.
The squad will have their first training camp in Invercargill next month and hope to complete a final build-up overseas ahead of the championships in the new velodrome that will be used for next year's Commonwealth Games.
The team is:
Men's Endurance: Regan Gough (Central Hawkes Bay), Alex Hooper (Ashburton), Connor Stead (Christchurch), Josh Haggerty (Invercargill) , Liam Aitcheson (Alexandra).
Men's Sprint: Jeremy Presbury (Invercargill), Zac Williams (Auckland), Quinn Karwowski (Blenheim), Callum Saunders (Blenheim).
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