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Queensland Summer of Cycling - NE

Chandler Velodrome, QLD, Australia, December 13-17, 2005

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Day 3 - December 15: All divisions,

Stewart the standout as Canberra gets the cash

By John-Michael Flynn in Brisbane, Australia

Canberra strongman Kial Stewart
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(Click for larger image) Canberra strongman Kial Stewart  on his way to another victory.

Powerhouse Canberra track sprinter Kial Stewart, who is hoping to qualify for Australia's Commonwealth Games team, continued his raid of the prize pool during the second night of racing at Brisbane's Chandler Velodrome, winning both the men's 30 lap scratch Day and the derby.

The second night of racing saw a rescheduled program of events, carried over from the opening night of the carnival, which was postponed due to a thunderstorm. And for the second night in succession, it was the visiting riders who turned up ready to Day.

Mackay's Chloe Macpherson, who had already won the scratch Day from the original rained out program, made it look easy in her pet event, the keirin. The junior world champion had too much kick in the sprint for her main rivals, Anouska Edwards of Rockhampton, and Courtney Le Lay of the Balmoral club, who took the minor placings. The result was reversed in the women's 12 lap progressive points Day later in the night, with Edwards and Le Lay showing superior endurance to their world champion rival.

Strong Rockhampton contingent

Chloe Macpherson
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(Click for larger image) Chloe Macpherson  ready to race in th keirin final.

Anouska Edwards is part of a 15 rider contingent to make the journey to Brisbane from the regional city of Rockhampton, which enjoys a reputation as one of Australia, and the world's, great sporting nurseries. In recent years it has become a production line for world class cyclists on the track and the road, and is home to the all conquering track superstars, the Meares sisters.

"We've picked up quite a few wins in the first couple of nights which is really good," said Rockhampton Club publicity officer Alex Bright. "I think it's a culture, there just seems to be so much of a culture of cycling in Rockhampton and so much support, the club is strong, there's plenty of people riding bikes if they're not competing."

Rockhampton will host its annual Cup on Wheels track carnival on the 20th and 21st of January, but in the meantime there are more spoils to be gained at Brisbane's summer of Cycling, with talents like junior world championship medalist Jeremy Hogg on the make.

"I think success breeds success," Bright told Cyclingnews. "There seem to be so many (Rockhampton) riders who are riding so well and performing at international level and national level both at junior level and senior level."

B1 and B2 - The tandem talents

Ben Holmes and Ben Macffie
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(Click for larger image) Ben Holmes and Ben Macffie  on the tandem.

They may take their nick-names from a couple of kids T.V. characters [an Australian program known as Bananas in Pyjamas - ed.], but the pairing dubbed B1 and B2 have so far shown they're no teddy bears on the track.

Tandem cyclists Ben Macffie and Ben Holmes of the Brisbane Broncos club have been letting their talent do the talking during the Summer of Cycling Carnival at Brisbane's Chandler Velodrome. Together on the bike for just four months, the two Ben's blasted their rivals off the track in the tandem event, and are aiming for bigger things, namely the national championship.

"We had a few close calls early on, probably made us a bit closer," Macffee told Cyclingnews.

The Summer of Cycling track carnival continues tonight and Saturday at Brisbane's Chandler Velodrome.


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Event 1: Women Combined - 20 Lap Scratch Race
1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)                                  
2 Jennifer Loutit (Tuggeranong)                              
3 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton)                              
Event 2: AWD (Tandem) - 15 Lap Scratch Race
1 Ben Holmes / Benn Macffie                                  
2 Danielle Pollock / Paul Matens                             
Event 3: Masters Combined - Elimination
1 Darren Townsend (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                     
2 Peter Richards (Balmoral)                                  
3 David Jacobs (Sharks Cycling Club)                         
Event 4: Elite Men - 30 Lap Scratch Race
1 Kial Stewart (Canberra)                                    
2 Adrian Hanson (Coburg)                                     
3 Joel Stewart (Canberra)                                    
Event 6: AWD Tandem - 3 Lap Handicap
1 Paul Matens / Danielle Pollock                             
2 Ben Holmes / Ben Macffie                                    
Event 7: Women Combined 5 lap Handicap
1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral)                                 
2 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton)                              
3 Jennifer Louutit (Tuggeranong)                             
Event 9: Masters (2,3,4) 5 Lap Handicap
1 Peter Gumbley (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                       
2 Billy Wright (Wynnum Redlands)                             
3 Peter Jansen (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                        
Event 11: Women Combined Keirin
1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)                                  
2 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton)                              
3 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral)                                 
Event 12: Masters (2/3/4) 12 Lap Progressive Points Race
1 Peter Richards (Balmoral)                                  
2 Gavin Smith (Balmoral)                                     
3 Brett Richardson (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                    
Event 13: Elite men 5 Lap Handicap
1 Byron Davis (Kangaroo Point)                               
2 Joel Lewis (Kangaroo Point)                                
3 Lindsay McMaster (Rockhampton)                             
Event 14: Masters (5/6/7) 8 lap Progressive Points Race
1 Billy Wright (Wynnum Redlands)                             
2 Peter Gumbley (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                       
3 Peter Jansen (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                        
Event 16: Combined Women 12 Lap Progressive Point Score
1 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton)                              
2 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral)                                 
3 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)                                  
Event 17: Elite Men Derby
1 Kial Stewart (Canberra)                                    
2 Daniel Ellis (Canberra)                                    
3 Jeremy Hogg (Rockhampton)                                  
Event 18: Masters (2/3/4) 20 Lap Scratch Race
1 Gavin Smith (Balmoral)                                     
2 Brett Richardson (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                    
3 Darren Townsend (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                     
Event 19: Masters (5/6/7) Scratch Race
1 Billy Wright (Wynnum Redlands)                             
2 Ron Hickson (Rockhampton)                                  
3 Peter Gumbley (Hamilton Pine Rivers)                       
Event 20: Elite men 50 Lap Points Race
1 Brendan O’Connell (Lifecycle)                              
2 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough)                              
3 Adrian Hanson - Coburg