The world's top track cyclists come to Rockhampton
AUS$20,000 in prize money
Queenslanders take home the booty in 2006 Rocky Cup
Another successful running of the CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels saw the prestigious
wheelrace titles stay in Queensland as local rider Jay Callaghan (Rockhampton
CC) took the men's event and southern Queensland rising star Courtney Le Lay
(Balmoral CC) landed the women's Capricornia Cup.
Full results, reports & photos
The CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels now in its 46th year
2005 Rocky Cup podium
Photo ©: Brett Ruff
The CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels upholds a proud tradition of track cycling
since its early beginnings in 1960. Over the past 45 years, the Cup has grown
to become one of the largest and richest carnivals with approximately $20,000
in prizemoney up for grabs over two big days of carnival racing. Central Queensland
University has confirmed its support of cycling in Central Queensland with confirmation
that they will continue on as the naming rights sponsor for the 2006 Cup.
CQU has strong links with the Rockhampton Cycling Club. The School of Health
& Human Performance CQU worked closely with the Queensland Academy of Sport
in establishing the very first Cycling Talent Identification Program in Australia
to operate outside of a capital city. This program has resulted in Phillipa
Hindmarsh, a product of the program winning a National Junior U17 Sprint Title
at the 2005 National Junior Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne earlier
In addition, this partnership with the Queensland Academy of Sport led to the
establishment of a scholarship for a Research Masters degree at CQU and also
a joint CQU/QAS PhD scholarship in Sports Science within the School of Health
& Human Performance.
Cycling related research continues to be carried out in the community with
the most recent achievement involving the School of Health & Human Performance
Technical Officer, Greg Capern. Greg attended the Health & Exercise Science
Technologists Association conference in Brisbane in November 2005 where he won
the peer-reviewed best paper for his work on "PACER - a remote heart rate monitor".
This heart rate monitor is being utilized by nationally-recognised cycling coach,
Ken Tucker as part of the training regime of his elite squad.
Peter Fitzpatrick hits the finish line
Photo ©: Brett Ruff
Riders travel from all around Australia to take part in this fantastic weekend
of racing, with riders able to partake in all divisions from Masters right down
to U9's. In 2005, the CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels carnival hosted over 160
riders across all divisions over two nights.
The Central Queensland community rally behind the Cup, with strong crowds flooding
through the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome gates on Berserker Street to view track
racing at its best.
The pinnacle of the CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels is the men's and women's
wheelraces: The CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels for the men, and the Capricornia
Cup for the women, respectively.
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Women's wheelrace - Capricornia Cup Crown Wide Open
2006 will be a landmark occasion for the long time supporters of the Capricornia
Cup with Herron Todd White Valuers marking the 20th anniversary of their involvement
in the two day carnival. Herron Todd White Valuers took ownership of the Cup
in 1985 and have confirmed they will continue to support womens track cycling
in Central Queensland by remaining the major sponsor of the race.
The Capricornia Cup is one of the most prestigious and long running Female
Wheelraces in Australia, run over 1600m. It began in 1961 when the Women's Cycling
Club in Rockhampton was a separate entity to the Men's Club. The "Cap Cup"
has been won by Anna Meares and Kerrie Meares against some top class female
riders including Kathy Watt, Michelle Ferris, Lucy Tyler-Sharman, Tanya Lindenmuth
(USA Olympic team member 2004).
The Herron Todd White Capricornia Cup, offering AUS$3750 in prizemoney is claimed
to be one of the richest womens wheelraces in Australia. Anna and Kerrie Meares
have clearly dominated this event since 1999, with Kerrie winning the Cup four
times and Anna in hot pursuit of Kerrie, having won it twice, including taking
out the 2005 Cap Cup.
Due to international commitments, Anna and Kerrie will not return to Rockhampton
to defend their title, leaving the 2006 Capricornia Crown up for the taking.
CQU Rocky Cup King - Who Will it Be?
The CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels follows the true tradition of Australian
Wheelraces and is held over 1600m. The "Rocky Cup" as it is affectionately
known was first won in 1960 by John McMaster. It has been won by world, Commonwealth
and national title holders, many of whom have been members of the Rockhampton
Cycling Club. The 1965 the Cup was won by Ken Tucker Snr., with other noted
winners including Commonwealth Games gold Medallist Kenrick Tucker Jnr., world
junior champions Shaun and Jeff Hopkins from Sydney, Stephen Pate from Victoria,
as well as Danny Day from Brisbane. World Class riders to have competed for
the Rocky Cup include Shaun Wallace from Great Britian, Graham Sharman, along
with current junior world champions Miles Olman and Michael Ford.
The Central Queensland University Rockhampton Cup on Wheels will be, as expected,
the highlight of the Saturday night program. The mens wheelrace is traditionally
run in spectacular fashion, with the race always coming down to a tight finish.
The 2005 Cup winner, Hayden Josefski (Broncos) will be returning to the Kenrick
Tucker Velodrome to defend his title after finishing 2005 in terrific form,
having taken out both the Southbank and Surfers Paradise B Grade Criteriums
in early December, run as part of the United Sports Marketing Grand Prix Series.
Local lads Grant Irwin and triple world junior track champion Miles Olman will
lead the charge for Rockhampton as they look to return the Rocky Cup back to
home soil. Stiff competition will come from the southern end of Australia, with
the Hopkins brothers looking to make their annual pilgrimage to Rockhampton
for the 2006 Cup. Jeff Hopkins is no stranger to the Central Queensland track,
having taken out the CQU Rockhampton Cup three times: 1999, 2000 and 2002 and
Shaun claiming the title in 1996.
All smiles for the girls
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Photo ©: Brett Ruff
Mad Madison! - The Tuckers Avanti Plus/Peak Fuel Madison
The Tuckers Avanti Plus/Peak Fuel Madison will be one of the highlights of
the Cup program with the excitement and thrills and spills that the Madison
brings. It was dominated in 2004 by the pairing of Rockhampton's Miles Olman
and Victoria's Michael Ford. Olman is a three times junior world track champion
while Ford is also a multiple junior world track champion and is the current
world record junior holder in the 3000m individual pursuit.
Rockhampton Cycling Club has a proud history with the CQU Rockhampton Cup on
Wheels and looks forward to hosting the strongest fields for the 2006 Cup.