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Queensland State Track Championships - NE

Chandler Velodrome, Australia, January 2-7, 2006

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Race 2 - January 3: Men/U19 Men: 4000m IP, 1000m TT; Women/U19 Women: 3000/2000m IP, Sprint

Rockhampton riders take blue riband events

By John Michael Flynn in Brisbane, Qld

Miles Olman
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(Click for larger image) Miles Ohlman out of the blocks

If the current trend continues, the Rockhampton Cycling Club will need to hire armed guards to escort its stagecoach packed with gold home to Central Queensland, after another thoroughly dominant performance on the second night of competition at the Queensland senior track cycling titles.

On a humid and stormy night at Brisbane's Chandler Velodrome, Rockhampton cyclists Miles Olman and Anouska Edwards took the honours in the blue riband elite men's and women's pursuit events, while Rockhampton club mate Grant Irwin produced a sizzling ride to take the gold in the open men's 1000m time trial.

Olman's ride in the open men's 4000 metre individual pursuit was surely a taste of things to come from one of Australia's emerging cycling talents. The former world junior point score champion, who recently took up a scholarship with the A.I.S did his chances of a Commonwealth Games pursuit squad berth no harm. Olman's split of 4.47.65 to win the final was more than ten seconds quicker than silver medalist, national club road race champion Peter Herzig.

"I've been battling an illness for the last couple of days just had a bit of a head cold and that and I just come down to have a bit of a roll and a bit of a warm up see how I was feeling," Olman told Cyclingnews after snaring gold. "I posted a pretty good time and thought in the final maybe I'd bump the gear up a bit and just turn it on a bit more."

It was a timely win for the Central Queenslander, who heads to an A.I.S. training camp in Adelaide shortly, where he hopes to post a qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games teams pursuit squad. "I've got to do a 3k pursuit in 3.20 on a minimum gear of 96, and I've never ridden a gear that big for the distance," an enthusiastic Olman said of the up-coming test. "They're the times you've got to do to get into the teams pursuit; all the pros aren't coming back so there's a few spots for us young fellas coming through, fingers crossed."

The Kilo

Grant Irwin blasts
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(Click for larger image) Grant Irwin blasts the competition away in the kilo

Racing in the colours of the Queensland Academy of Sport, Olman's Rockhampton club mate Grant Irwin kept the gold medals coming for the Central Queensland juggernaut. With a season of tough national series road races under his belt, Irwin showed the results on the track, producing a time of 1.06.28, almost four seconds clear of his nearest rival, as he too eyes a long term future as a pursuiter. "I wouldn't mind getting a World Cup start with the teams pursuit," Irwin said of his longer term plans before adding, "But I'll try and get some medals first - we'll wait and see."

In the under 19 men's kilo, the performance of Kangaroo Point's Byron Davis was one of the talking points of the night. His time of 1.07.95 was just a shandy outside the track record, and would have won a silver medal in the open men's division. "It was one of my goals to hopefully win or podium," the Gold Coast sprinter told Cyclingnews. "It's pretty close to a track record - I wanted it [the record], but I'm pretty happy."

An electrifying women's sprint

Electrifyinig racing
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(Click for larger image) Electrifyinig racing as Chloe Macpherson and Liz Williams clash in the women's sprint final

With a Brisbane thunderstorm rapidly closing in on the Chandler Velodrome, the final event of the night, the women's sprint, proved to be every bit an electrifying affair.

After earning the wrath of the commissaries in the heats where she tangled with eventual bronze medallist Alex Bright, Mackay's Chloe Macpherson came head to head with New Zealand champion Liz Williams in a best of three contest. The lightning quick kiwi managed to edge out the Junior World Keirin Champion, who made her move a little too early in the first race. Macpherson returned fire in the remaining two rounds, using her turn of speed to devastating effect, to take the final sprint right on the line.

Under 19 pursuits

Another cyclist to impress, yet again, in the women's ranks was Brisbane under 19 Courtney Le Lay. The Balmoral junior was a level above the competition in the 2000 metre pursuit, claiming the gold medal in a time of 2.38.77. As expected, the under 19 men's pursuit title went to Maryborough's Hayden Josefski. The in-form junior, who is working under the guidance of the Queensland Academy of Sport, hopes to continue his winning run at the National Track Championships in Adelaide next month.

The Queensland Senior Track Cycling Championships continue until Saturday at Brisbane's Chandler Veledrome.

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Results

Elite women sprint

Qualifying Round

1 Elisabeth Williams (Counties Manukau CC)            12.28
2 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton Cycle Club)           12.35
3 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay Cycling Club)              12.6
4 Julie Barnett (Broncos)                             13.34
5 Jacqui Klowss (Broncos)                             14.53

Semi finals

1 Elisabeth Williams (Counties Manakau)
2 Julie Barnett (Broncos)

3 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)
4 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton)

Final for 1st & 2nd

1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)
2 Elisabeth Williams (Counties Manakau)

Final for 3rd & 4th

3 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton)
4 Julie Barnett (Broncos)

Final standings

1 Chloe Macpherson (Mackay)
2 Elisabeth Williams (Counties Manakau)
3 Alexandra Bright (Rockhampton)

Under 19 Women Sprint

Qualifying Round

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)                 12.61
2 Elicia Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)        14.23
3 Terese Mcauliffe (Balmoral Cycle Club)                14.29

Final

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)
2 Elicia Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)

Final standings

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)
2 Elicia Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)
3 Terese Mcauliffe (Balmoral Cycle Club)

Elite men 4000M Individual Pursuit

Qualifying round

1 Miles Olman (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                  4.56.77
2 Peter Herzig (Uni Cycle Club)                         5.00.07
3 Kyle Bateson (C.A.T.S.)                               5.00.93
4 Todd Dawson (C.A.T.S.)                                5.06.38
5 Jade Hammer (Mackay Cycling Club)                     5.08.19
6 Matthew Wood (Kangaroo Point C C)                     5.09.87
7 Hamish Brown (Gold Coast Goldstars C C)               5.16.25
8 Robert Blum (Uni Cycle Club)                          5.24.94
9 Alistair Hartley (Kangaroo Point C C)                 5.29.90

Final

1 Miles Olman (Rockhampton Cycle Club) 4.47.65
2 Peter Herzig (Uni Cycle Club) 4.57.69
3 Kyle Bateson (C.A.T.S.) 5.00.17
4 Todd Dawson (C.A.T.S.) 5.09.08

Under 19 men 3000M Individual Pursuit

Qualifying round

1 Hayden Josefski (Maryborough & District CC)           3.36.92
2 Joshua Edwards (Rockhampton Cycle Club)               3.41.13
3 Joel Lewis (Kangaroo Point C C)                       3.42.13
4 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough & District CC)           3.43.82
5 Benjamin Phillips (Broncos)                           3.45.51
6 Kane Anderson (C.A.T.S.)                              3.47.52
7 Tarquin Wallace (Balmoral Cycle Club)                 3.54.11
8 Benjamin Fleming (Hamilton Pine River Wheelers)       3.57.08
9 Darcy Rosenlund (Broncos)                             3.58.84
10 David Keevers (Maryborough & District CC)            4.00.10

Final for 1st & 2nd

1 Hayden Josefski (Maryborough & District CC)           3.34.81
2 Joshua Edwards (Rockhampton Cycle Club)               3.40.57

Final for 3rd & 4th

3 Malcolm Rudolph (Maryborough & District CC)           3.40.09
4 Joel Lewis (Kangaroo Point C C)                       3.44.11

Elite Women 3000M Individual Pursuit

Qualifying round

1 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton Cycle Club)              3.58.27
2 Liz Young (Lifecycle Cycling Club)                    3.59.12
3 Josie Loane (Lifecycle)                               4.11.83
4 Kristin Gilbert (NRG Cycling)                         4.21.93
5 Melinda Symon (Hamilton Pine River Wheelers)          4.23.42 
6 Joanna Von Berky (Hamilton Pine River Wheelers)       4.26.81
7 Theresa Elmes (Ffast Cycle Club)                      4.39.97

Final for 1st & 2nd

1 Anouska Edwards (Rockhampton Cycle Club)              3.58.13
2 Liz Young (Lifecycle Cycling Club)                    4.00.66

Final for 3rd & 4th

3 Josie Loane (Lifecycle)                               4.09.87
4 Kristin Gilbert (NRG Cycling)                         4.26.08

Under 19 women 3000M Individual Pursuit

Qualifying round

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)                 2.37.68
2 Loren Rowney (C.A.T.S.)                               2.43.58
3 Alexandra Mathewson (Toowoomba Cycling Club)          2.53.11
4 Terese McAuliffe (Balmoral Cycle Club)                3.01.45

Final for 1st & 2nd

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)                 2.38.77
2 Loren Rowney (C.A.T.S.)                               2.45.31

Final standings

1 Courtney Le Lay (Balmoral Cycle Club)
2 Loren Rowney (C.A.T.S.)
3 Terese Mcauliffe (Balmoral Cycle Club)

Under 19 men 1000M Time Trial

1 Byron Davis (Kangaroo Point C C)                      1.07.95
2 Jeremy Hogg (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                  1.09.37
3 Lachlan Plane (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                1.09.45
4 Joel Lewis (Kangaroo Point C C)                       1.11.55
5 Tyler Wright (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                 1.11.65
6 Benjamin Phillips (Broncos)                           1.12.84

Elite men 1000M Time Trial

1 Grant Irwin (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                  1.06.28
2 Nigel Kee (Uni Cycle Club)                            1.10.04
3 Kyle Bateson (C.A.T.S.)                               1.10.05
4 Craig Mclennan (Mackay Cycling Club)                  1.10.38
5 David Miller (Port Adelaide C.C.)                     1.10.83
6 Jay Callaghan (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                1.10.99
7 Christopher Simonelli (Broncos)                       1.11.89
8 William Draffen (Townsville Cycle Club)               1.12.51
9 Jade Hammer (Mackay Cycling Club)                     1.12.52
10 Kurt Dutton (Broncos)                                1.15.70
11 Jordan Roberts (Kilkenny C.C.)                       1.16.50
12 James Bondio (MTBA)                                  1.18.50

A.W.D. Tandem 1000M Time Trial

1 Ben Holmes (Broncos)                                  1.13.80
 Ben Macfie (Broncos)

2 John Eder (Broncos)                                   1.14.81
 Lorin Nicholson (Broncos)

3 Julie Barnett (Broncos)                               1.24.59
 Danielle Pollock (Broncos)