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Queensland Summer of Cycling - NE
Chandler Velodrome, QLD, Australia, December 13-17, 2005
Day 2 - December 14: All divisions
Sparks fly as Summer of Cycling track carnival begins
By John-Michael Flynn in Brisbane, Australia
A classical Brisbane lightning storm might have put a stop to racing on the first night of the Summer of Cycling Carnival, but it was on the track where the sparks were flying when racing finally got underway in Queensland's Premier track cycling event at the Chandler Velodrome.
And while a spectacular bone jarring, bike grinding crash in one of the women's events provided the talking point of the night, the performances of several of Australia's up-and-coming track talents were equally worthy of note.
Racing in the colours of the Queensland Academy of Sport, world junior keirin champion Chloe Macpherson made a perfect start to her carnival by winning the elite women's 15 lap scratch Day.
"I've actually been training in Brisbane, getting a bit of base under me with the road," the recently crowned junior world champion told Cyclingnews. "This is my first year actually dedicating myself to track cycling alone, now that I'm in senior ranks. I've got Anna and Kerry Meares to go against."
Macpherson didn't get the chance to show her sprint skills in the motorpaced scratch Day which ended the women's program on the first night of the carnival. A superbly-timed move by Rockhampton's Anouska Edwards one lap out, putting pay to any hopes of a sprint finish.
In the evening's feature event, the Yorkston Family Memorial Day, Canberra powerhouse Kial Stewart stormed to an impressive victory. The Paralympic gold medallist (pilot) is using the Brisbane Carnival to build strength for another attempt at qualifying for the Commonwealth Games team.
"It's a good relaxed week, it still is beneficial to your body," Stewart said. "I've just come off this weekend where I won the NSW sprint championships. But the night before, I had an attempt at the Commonwealth Games (Kilo qualifying), missed out on that so I'm just re-assessing where I'm at."
There were several standout performances in the junior divisions. One of Australia's up and coming talents, Brodie Stewart of the Balmoral Club, was forced to Day against her shadow in the Under 15 Girls scratch Day. It was a similar story in the Under 15 girls point score event where Stewart was clearly the standout rider.
Fellow Balmoral Club produce Zoe Appel also came away with two wins for the night in the Under 17 girls scratch Day and point score events.
In the junior boys ranks, another rider to impress was Sean Caskey of the Ffast Club, who came from behind
to win the Under 15 Boys scratch event in a photo finish from Canberra's Alastair Loutit.
Showing the sort of skills which have him touted as a future top class pursuiter, Caskey backed up later in the night, displaying a combination of sprint and endurance ability on his way to winning the Under 17 Boys Point score event.
Racing continues tonight at Brisbane's Chandler Velodrome.
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Images by John Flynn
Event 1: Under 11/Under 13 6 lap Scratch Day (U11) 1 Sean Grimes (Gold Coast Goldstars) 2 Ryan Smith (Balmoral) 3 Chloe Hogg (Rockhampton) (U13) 1 Brendan Hill (Gold Coast Goldstars) 2 Alex McKay (Broncos) 3 Samuel Moore (Rockhampton) Event 2: Under 15 Girls 8 lap Scratch Day 1 Brodie Stewart (Balmoral) 2 Jessica McKay (Broncos) 3 Kelly Smith (Rockhampton) Event 3: Under 15 Boys 8 lap Scratch Day 1 Jordan Kerby (Maryborough) 2 Alex Wohler (Goldstars) 3 Blayne Wallace (Balmoral) Event 4: Under 17 Girls 15 lap Scratch Day 1 Zoe Appel (Balmoral) 2 Lucy Moseley (Balmoral) 3 Hayley Grant (Townsville) Event 5: Under 17 Boys 12 lap Scratch Day 1 Sean Caskey (Ffast) 2 Alastair Loutit (Canberra) 3 Kai Zanchetta (Townsville) Event 6: Under 11/13 2 lap Handicap u11 1 Chloe Hogg (Rockhampton) 2 Jason Bolter (Ipswich) 3 Sean Grimes (Gold Coast Goldstarts) u13 1 Matthew Willmot (Gold Coast Goldstars) 2 Alexandra O'Dea (Rockhampton) 3 Nicholas Schultz (Hamilton Pine Rivers) Event 7: Under 15 Girls 3 lap Handicap 1 Kelly Smith (Rockhampton) 2 Penelope O'Dea (Rockhampton) 3 Bridget Mohr (Balmoral) Event 8: Under 15 Boys 3 lap Handicap 1 Jordan kerby (Maryborough) 2 Blayne Wallace (Balmoral) 3 Christopher Hendey (Broncos) Event 9: Under 17 Girls 3 lap Handicap 1 Ashleigh McAuliffe 2 Harriet Bass (Balmoral) 3 Hayley Grant (Townsville) Event 10: Under 17 Boys 3 lap handicap 1 Harrie Rassie (Rockhampton) 2 Alastair loutit (Canberra) 3 Benjamin Moore (Rockhamtpon) Event 11: Masters B 12 lap Scratch Day 1 Darren Townsend (Hamilton Pine Rivers) 2 Ronald Hickson (Rockhampton) 3 Paul Wroe Event 12: Masters A 15 lap Scratch Day 1 Jeffrey Harris (Gold Coast Goldstars) 2 Mark Brady 3 John Hickson (Balmoral) Event 13: Elite/Under 19 & Masters Women 15 lap Scratch Day 1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay) 2 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton) 3 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral) Event 14: Yorkston Family Memorial Day 20 lap Elite Men A/U19 20 lap Scratch Day 1 Kial Stewart (Canberra) 2 Daniel Ellis (Canberra) 3 Adrian Hanson (Coburg) Event 15: Elite Men B Under 19 men B 20 lap Scratch Day 1 Jay Callaghan (Rockhampton) 2 William Draffen (Townsville) 3 Darcy Rosenlund (Broncos) Event 16: Under 11/Under 13 6 lap Point Score u11 1 Jason Bolter (Ipswich) 2 Ryan Smith (Balmoral) 3 Sean Grimes (Goldstars) u13 1 Brendan Hill (Goldstars) 2 Nicholas Schultz (Hamilton Pine Rivers) 3 Alex McKay (Broncos) Event 17: Under 15 Girls 8 lap Point Score 1 Brodie Stewart (Balmoral) 2 Penelope O'dea Rockhampton 3 Holly Dellow (Rockhampton) Event 18: Under 15 Boys 8 lap Point Score 1 Jordan Kerby (Maryborough) 2 Christopher Hendey (Broncos) 3 Alex Wohler Event 19: Under 17 Girls 15 lap Point Score 1 Zoe Appel (Balmoral) 2 Lucy Mosely (Balmoral) 3 Hayley Grant (Townsville) Event 20: Under 17 Boys 15 lap Point Score 1 Sean Caskey (Ffast) 2 Kodie Kemp (Mackay) 3 Ethan O'dell (Broncos) Event 22: Men Masters B 5 lap Handicap 1 Darren Townsend (Hamilton Pine Rivers) 2 Billy Wright (Wynnum Redlands) 3 Peter Gumbley (Hamilton Pine Rivers) Event 23: Men Masters A 5 lap Handicap 1 Jeffrey Harris (Goldstars) 2 John Hickson (Balmoral) 3 Glenn Fordham (Logan City) Event 24: Women Elite/Masters/u19 Women 5 lap Handicap 1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay) 2 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral) 3 Julie Barnett (Goldstaras) Event 25: Elite Men A/B U19 Men A/B 5 lap handicap 1 Joel Davis (Kangaroo Point) 2 Ben Phillips (Broncos) 3 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough) Event 26: Masters B Motorpaced Scratch Day 12 laps 1 Darren Townsend (Hamilton Pine Rivers) 2 David Souuth (Waratah Veterans) 3 Peter Jansen (Hamilton Pine Rivers) Event 27: Masters A Motorpaced Scratch Day 12 laps 1 Jeffrey Harris (Goldstars) 2 Glenn Fordham (Logan City) 3 Geoffrey Willmot (C.A.T.S.) Event 28: Elite Women/U 19 Women Motorpaced Scratch Day 15 laps 1 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton) 2 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral) 3 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay) Event 29: Elite Men/Under 19 Men A Motorpaced Scratch Day 25 laps 1 Adrian Hanson (Coburg) 2 Joel Davis (Kangaroo Point) 3 Joel Lewis (Kangaroo Point) Event 30: Elite Men B U19 Men B Motorpaced Scratch Day 20 laps 1 Darcy Rosenlund (Broncos) 2 Jay Callaghan (Rockhampton) 3 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough)