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Queensland Summer of Cycling - NE
Chandler Velodrome, QLD, Australia, December 13-17, 2005
Day 4 - December 16: All divisions
Sizzling night of track racing caps off Summer of Cycling
Canberra raider wins signature event
By John-Michael Flynn in Brisbane, Australia
After four days of rain interruptions, the weather god finally cooperated long enough to allow a full program of racing on the final night of Queensland's Summer of Cycling track carnival.
And again, it was the 'Canberra Raiders' who grabbed the spoils, with one of the cyclists of the carnival, Kial Stewart taking the honours in the signature event, the ten mile, fifty lap Jack Newitt Memorial scratch race.
"My legs, my feet are numb, got my sprint shoes on, hands are gone, legs are gone, I'm not made for fifty laps," the nuggety track sprinter said of his victory over the stayers in the feature race. "Great lead out by my brother (Joel Stewart)."
Many of the contenders in the feature race were left wondering how they could match the standover tactics of the Canberra cartel which has dominated the Summer of Cycling. A brave attack with one mile to go by Joel Lewis of the Kangaroo Point club, one of the few occasions when the A.C.T. riders where threatened.
"It was a little bit early but I just saw the opportunity," Lewis told Cyclingnews. "I thought I might as well take it."
Lewis was reeled in with two laps to go, setting the scene for a Canberra quinella, with Kial Stewart and Daniel Ellis finishing one-two. "I was full of pain, fifty laps is a long way, especially for a sprinter," Stewart said of his final lap effort. "They did the sprinters a favour by keeping the hand brake on most of the way."
The women's scratch race brought together a small but competitive field, with Rockhampton's Alex Bright picking up the first of her two wins for the night. The seasoned sprinter managed to shake Rockhampton team-mate Anouska Edwards and Balmoral's Courtney Le Lay off her wheel in the final lap. The victory a confidence booster heading into the Queensland state titles.
"It was a bit tough with only five of us in the race and Anouska tried to keep the speed up a lot and I sort of rolled through fairly quickly as well," Bright revealed post-race. "It's always good to see Rocky get up whether its myself or any other riders."
Junior talent on show
There was no shortage of talent on show in the junior program, which kicked off the final day of the Summer of Cycling Carnival. Once again, it was Brodie Stewart of the Balmoral club in Brisbane who gave the crowd plenty to cheer about.
Still just thirteen years of age and already a national club champion on the road in the under 15 division (time trial event), Stewart made short work of the Under 15 girls 8 lap scratch race, along with the points event. A taste of things to come perhaps, for the national track championships in 2006.
"I want to perform well at nationals which I'm training for," the Brisbane junior told Cyclingnews. "I'm going to really push myself in these races so I can get ready with the nationals coming up.
Perhaps the biggest decision for the Balmoral girl who trains with the Hitachi racing squad, is whether to focus for the future on the track or road? "Well I haven't decided whether I want to be a road or a track rider," Brodie told Cyclingnews. "I'd like to go the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics and the women's Tour of Italy."
Another young cyclist dreaming of a future as a professional road cyclist is Brisbane under 17 Sean Caskey. He too is sure to face some tough decisions, especially with his current form on the track, which included victories in the scratch race and points events on the final day of the Summer of Cycling carnival.
"Lately I've been sprinting pretty fast and all that strength has come up so I'm going pretty well right now," Caskey said.
And of his immediate goals? "Short term this year, get a gold at nationals."
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Images by John Flynn
Event 1: Combined Under 11/13 3 Lap Scratch Race 1 Sean Grimes (Goldstars) 2 Chloe Hogg (Rockhampton) Event 2: Junior Under 13 Girls 4 Lap Scratch Race 1 Olivia Wohler (Goldstars) 2 Alexandra O'Dea (Rockhampton) Event 3: Junior Under 13 Boys 4 Lap Scratch Race 1 Brendan Hill 2 Alex McKay 3 Nicholas Schultz Event 4: Junior Under 15 Girls 8 Lap Scratch Race 1 Brodie Stewart (Balmoral) 2 Penelope O'Dea (Rockhampton) 3 Jessica McKay (Broncos) Event 5: Junior Under 15 Boys 10 Lap Scratch Race 1 Jordan kerby (Maryborough) 2 Christopher Hendey (Broncos) 3 Ian Richards (Balmoral) Event 6: Junior Under 17 Women 15 Lap Scratch Race 1 Sarah Edwards (Rockhampton) 2 Lucy Mosely (Balmoral) 3 Zoe Appel (Balmoral) Event 7: Junior Under 17 Boys 20 Lap Scratch Race 1 Sean Caskey (Ffast) 2 Alastair Loutit (Canberra) 3 Christopher Murphy (Goldstars) Event 8: Junior Under 11 1 Lap Dash 1 Chloe Hogg (Rockhampton) 2 Sean Grimes (Goldstars) Event 9: Junior Uunder 13 Girls Unknown Distance 1 Olivia Wohler (Goldstars) 2 Alexandra O'Dea (Rockhampton) Event 10: Junior Under 13 Boys Unknown Distance 1 Nicholas Schultz (HPRW) 2 Brendan Hill (Goldstars) 3 Alex McKay (Broncos) Event 11: Junior Under 15 Girls 12 Lap Points Race 1 Brodie Stewart (Balmoral) 2 Jessica McKay (Broncos) 3 Penelope O'Dea (Rockhampton) Event 12: Junior Under 15 Boys 12 Lap Scratch Race 1 Jordan Kerby (Maryborough) 2 Christopher Hendey (Broncos) 3 Alex Wohler (Goldstars) Event 13: Junior Under 17 Women 15 Lap Points Race 1 Sarah Edwards (Rockhampton) 2 Hayley Grant (Townsville) 3 Zoe Appel (Balmoral) Event 14: Junior Under 17 Men 18 Lap Points Race 1 Sean Caskey (Ffast) 2 Alastair Loutit (Canberra) 3 Shaun Baxter (Grafton) Event 15: Masters C 10 Lap Scratch Race 1 Peter Gumbley (HPRW) 2 Stephen Spinks (Balmoral) 3 Paul Wroe (Maryborough) Event 16: Masters B 12 Lap Scratch Race 1 Darren Townsend (HPRW) 2 David South (Waratahs) 3 David Jacobs (Sharks) Event 17: Masters A 20 Lap Scratch Race 1 John Hickson (Balmoral) 2 Glenn Fordham (Logan City) 3 Gerard O'Connell (Broncos) Event 18: Combined Women B Grade 12 Lap Scratch Race 1 Teresa McAuliff (Balmoral) 2 Erin Stoklasa (NRG) 3 Donna Fyfe (HPRW) Event 19: Combined Women A Grade 15 Lap Scratch Race 1 Alexandra Bright Event 20: Combined Mens B & C Grades 20 lap Scratch race 1 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough) 2 Ben Phillips (Broncos) 3 Joshua Edwards (Rockhampton) Event 22: Jack Newitt Memorial Scratch Race, 50 Laps 1 Kial Stewart (Canberra) 2 Daniel Ellis (Canberra) 3 Byron Davis (Kangaroo Point) 4 Jeremy Hogg (Rockhampton) Event 23: Junior Under 11 2 Lap Handicap 1 Chloe Hogg (Rockhampton) 2 Sean Grimes (Goldstars) Event 24: Junior Uunder 13 2 Lap Handicap 1 Alexandra O'Dea (Rockhampton) Event 25: Junior Under 15 Girls 3 lap handicap 1 Penelope O'Dea (Rockhampton) 2 Bridget Mohr 3 Jessica McKay Event 26: Junior Uunder 15 Boys 3 Lap Handicap 1 Jordan Kerby (Maryborough) 2 Blayne Wallace 3 Christopher Hendey (Victor Broncos) Event 27: Junior Uunder 17 WOmens 3 lap Handicap 1 Ashleigh McAuliffe 2 Harriet Bass 3 Hayley Grant Event 28: Junior under 17 men 3 Lap Handicap 1 Benjamin Moore 2 Sean Caskey 3 Kai Zanchetta Event 30: Combined Masters 4 lap Wheelrace 1 Peter Gumbley (HPRW) 2 John Hickson 3 Billy Wright Event 31: Combined Women 3 lap Handicap 1 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton) 2 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral) 3 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton) Event 32: Combined Mens 1600 metre Wheel Race 1 Byron Davis (Kangaroo Point) 2 Tarquin Wallace (Balmoral) 3 Darcy Rosenlund (Broncos) Event 33: Masters C 12 Lap Points Race 1 Peter Gumbley (HPRW) 2 Andre Bondeson (Goldstars) 3 Stephen Spinks (Balmoral) Event 34: Masters B 12 lap Points Race 1 Darren Townsend (HPRW) 2 Paul Martens (Broncos) 3 Ronald Hickson (Rockhamptonn) Event 35: Masters A 18 Lap Points Race 1 John Hickson (Balmoral) 2 Glenn Fordham (Logan City) 3 Brian Schmacker (Toowoomba) Event 36: Combined Women B Grade 12 lap Points Race 1 Erin Stoklasa (NRG Cycling) 2 Teresa McAuliff (Balmoral) 3 Donna Fyfe (HPRW) Event 37: Combined Women A Grade 18 Lap Points Race 1 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton) 2 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral) 3 Jennifer Loutit (Tuggeranong) Event 38: Combined Men C 18 lap Points Rce 1 Darcy Rosenlund (Broncos) 2 Tarquin Wallace (Balmoral) 3 Damian Baxter (Grafton) Event 39: Combined Men B 24 lap Points race 1 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough) 2 Joshua Edwards (Rockhampton) 3 William Draffen (Townsville) Event 40: Combined Men A Grade 24 lap Points Race 1 Adrian Hanson (Coburg) 2 Joel Stewart (Canberra) 3 Brendan O'Connell