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George Town Cycling Carnival
George Town, Tasmania, Saturday, December 2, 2006
By Rod Morris in George Town
Launceston's Will Robinson continued the good form he had showed at the end of last season when he won the George Town Wheelrace at the weekend. Robinson, a former winner of Cycling Tasmania's Rider-of-the-Season award, is now in his third year in open class racing and finished the 2005-06 series by winning the St Helens Wheel.
Riding off a 100 m handicap, Robinson won by a bike length from Jason Bellchambers, who is another starting to show promise after years of near misses, while Scottsdale junior Ben Grenda flashed home for third.
Grenda, son of 1984 Australian gold medal Olympian Michael, is in his first season of open age racing and after winning the A Grade Scratch at the season-opening PCCCT Carnival a fortnight ago, impressed again with his minor placing in the wheelrace final.
Another to impress was veteran Stephen Martini. After winning the B Grade race in the second round of the Tasmanian Criterium Championships, Martini was fourth in the George Town Wheel and finished second to fellow veteran Jamie Perry in the George Town B Grade Scratch.
The A Grade Scratch saw Daniel Cutting win his second George Town title, when he held off former dual champion, Nathan Clarke, while Tasmanian international rider Abram Manion was an impressive third.
Clarke made amends in the invitation keirin, with John Rayner and Manion filling the minor placings. Rayner, recent winner of the PCCCT Wheel, has also started the new season off in great fashion, as he won the George Town 1000 m Handicap.
In women's racing, Janelle Smith, Harriet Kossman, Emma Heynes and Laura McCaughey were the stars of the George Town Carnival.
Smith won both the B Grade Scratch and B Grade Elimination; Kossman was a surprise winner of the George Town Wheel, Heynes won the lightning handicap and was second in both the wheel final and A Grade Scratch, while McCaughey rode strongly to win the A Grade title. It was the first time in history that the George Town Cycling Club had been able to stage two scratch races for women, whilst in another first, the girls were offered elimination races as well.
Nathan Hinkley dominated the junior category, winning all three races on offer for the Under 13 riders.Racing off scratch, Hinkley made short work of his outmarkers in both the lightning handicap and wheelrace events and then as expected won the scratch race easily. Newcomer Ria Doust won two of the Under 15 events, including the wheelrace, whilst in the Under 17s, titles were shared around with Ryan Ockerby (1000 m Hcp), Brody Baker (Wheelrace), David Lyons (A Grade Scratch) and Dylan King (B Grade Scratch) all successful.
Men 1000m handicap 1 John Rayner 2 Tom Robinson 3 Jamie Perry 4 Kaiden Homan 2000m wheelrace 1 Will Robinson 2 Jason Bellchambers 3 Ben Grenda 4 Stephen Martini A Grade scratch 1 Daniel Cutting 2 Nathan Clarke 3 Abram Manion 4 Will Robinson B Grade scratch 1 Jamie Perry 2 Stephen Martini 3 Alex Benson 4 Andrew Dolan Invitation keirin 1 Nathan Clarke 2 John Rayner 3 Abram Manion 4 Aaron Jones Women 1000m handicap 1 Emma Heynes 2 Janelle Smith 3 Amy Cure 4 Tarrisha Jones 2000m wheel race 1 Harriet Kossman 2 Emma Heynes 3 Amy Cure 4 Janelle Smith A Grade elimination 1 Laura McCaughey 2 Emma Heynes 3 Tarrisha Jones 4 Sarah Cure B grade elimination 1 Janelle Smith 2 Harriet Kossman 3 Carolyn Cunningham 4 Siobhan Williams A grade scratch 1 Laura McCaughey 2 Emma Heynes 3 Tarrisha Jones 4 Sarah Cure B grade scratch 1 Janelle Smith 2 Harriet Kossman 3 Andrea Heron 4 Carolyn Cunningham Under 17 1000m handicap 1 Ryan Ockerby 2 Daniel Homan 3 Dylan King 4 Brody Baker 2000m wheel race 1 Brody Baker 2 Cameron Burrows 3 Brandon Stewart 4 Ryan Mather A grade scratch 1 David Lyons 2 Sam Brett 3 Ed Robinson 4 Brandon Stewart B grade scratch 1 Dylan King 2 Brody Baker 3 Isaac Doust 4 Callan Walker Under 15 1000m handicap 1 Ria Doust 2 Emily Butcher 3 Jacob Fielding 4 Jake Laskey 2000m wheel race 1 Ria Doust 2 Kodey West 3 Emily Butcher 4 David Stride Scratch 1 Jacob Fielding 2 Kodey West 3 Jake Laskey 4 Ria Doust Under 13 1000m handicap 1 Nathan Hinkley 2 David Hoskin 3 Lauren Perry 4 Drew Redman 1000m wheelrace 1 Nathan Hinkley 2 David Hoskin 3 Drew Redman 4 John Stride Scratch 1 Nathan Hinkley 2 Drew Redman 3 William McDonough 4 Lauren Perry
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