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Melbourne Cup on Wheels - NE, Melbourne, Victoria, December 3, 2005

Racing at Vodafone Arena
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(Click for larger image) Racing at Vodafone Arena during Melbourne Cup on Wheels night
Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley was the main drawcard for organisers of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
David Mann
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(Click for larger image) David Mann is decked out!
World champion Rene Wolff
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(Click for larger image) World champion Rene Wolff from Germany
The field in the women’s handicap
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(Click for larger image) The field in the women’s handicap make their way along the back straight
A rider from Nepean Cycles
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(Click for larger image) A rider from Nepean Cycles has it all to her own in the women’s handicap
Rene Wolff and Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Rene Wolff and Ryan Bayley (foreground) watch their fellow countrymen race in a round of the invitational match race
Ryan Bayley edges out Rene Wolff
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley edges out Rene Wolff in a round of their Match Race of the Century
German duo Rene Wolff (r) and Matthias John
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(Click for larger image) German duo Rene Wolff (r) and Matthias John relax before some serious sprinting at Vodafone Arena
Michael Ford leads Kial Stewart
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(Click for larger image) Michael Ford leads Kial Stewart around the boards at Vodafone Arena
Aussie sprinting star Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Aussie sprinting star Ryan Bayley in third wheel during a heat of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
Joel Leonard leads
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(Click for larger image) Joel Leonard leads the back-markers around in a heat of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
2005 Herald Sun Tour winner Simon Gerrans
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(Click for larger image) 2005 Herald Sun Tour winner Simon Gerrans (l) chats with commentator Matt Keenan
Damien Semmler (62)
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(Click for larger image) Damien Semmler (62) finds the kiosk at Vodafone Arena in search of some sustenance
Stuart Doyle (l) and Matt Keenan
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(Click for larger image) Stuart Doyle (l) and Matt Keenan call the shots at Vodafone Arena
Joe Ciavola
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(Click for larger image)  Joe Ciavola was a fiery Italian rider on the track; now happy in his role as President of CycleSport Victoria
Leigh Howard (VIS)
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(Click for larger image) Leigh Howard (VIS) was even smiling before his big victory…
Mitchell Docker (VIS)
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(Click for larger image) Mitchell Docker (VIS) warms up on the rollers at Vodafone Arena
Joel Leonard (VIS)
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(Click for larger image) Joel Leonard (VIS) is focused on a win in the match race
Matthias John from Germany
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(Click for larger image) Matthias John from Germany keeps an eye on Aussie Joel Leonard in their match race
Ryan Bayley on the startline
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley on the startline for another match race against world champion Rene Wolff from Germany
World Champion Rene Wolff of Germany awaits another thrilling sprint against Aussie Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) World Champion Rene Wolff of Germany awaits another thrilling sprint against Aussie Ryan Bayley
‘I give you Ryan Bayley’
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(Click for larger image) ‘I give you Ryan Bayley’
‘I want that
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(Click for larger image) ‘I want that world champion's jersey next’
Media record Ryan Bayley’s comments
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(Click for larger image) Media record Ryan Bayley’s comments after his victory in the match race
Belinda Goss
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss is happy to be back in Australia after winning a bronze medal at the world championships in Russia recently
Rahna Demarte
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(Click for larger image) Rahna Demarte gets a helping hand from former Aussie track star Gary Neiwand
A fall in the women’s handicap
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(Click for larger image) A fall in the women’s handicap
Tasmanian Stephen Rossendell
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(Click for larger image) Tasmanian Stephen Rossendell rolls out for the final of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
Ryan Bayley salutes the crowd
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley salutes the crowd as he rolls around to his mark of scratch for the Melbourne Cup on Wheels final
Stephen Rossendell (l)
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(Click for larger image) Stephen Rossendell (l) and Ryan Bayley, on scratch for the final of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
Ryan Bayley goes for it
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley goes for it with a lap to go in the final
Leigh Howard (VIS)
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(Click for larger image) Leigh Howard (VIS) takes out the final of the Grand Mercure on Swanston Melbourne Cup on Wheels
Ryan Bayley (l)
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley (l) can’t believe he missed out on a Melbourne Cup on Wheels victory
The scoreboard says it all…
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(Click for larger image) The scoreboard says it all…
2005 Melbourne Cup on Wheels champion
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(Click for larger image) 2005 Melbourne Cup on Wheels champion is Leigh Howard of Victoria
Joel Leonard
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(Click for larger image) Joel Leonard leads the charge in the Aces Keirin final
Kial Stewart
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(Click for larger image) Kial Stewart from the ACT takes out the Aces Keirin final
Kial Stewart (ACT) salutes the crowd
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(Click for larger image) Kial Stewart (ACT) salutes the crowd after his Aces Keirin final victory
Peter Tsebelis (l)
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(Click for larger image) Peter Tsebelis (l) from Victoria takes a breather after his fall as the racing goes on
Ricky Peoples (28)
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(Click for larger image) Ricky Peoples (28) follows a wheel in the Aces scratch race
Richard England
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(Click for larger image) Richard England leads Leigh Howard around in the Aces scratch race
Sean Finning
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(Click for larger image) Sean Finning has the Aces scratch race all to himself
Sean Finning (Victoria)
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(Click for larger image) Sean Finning (Victoria) puts the bike back on the rack…job done
Leigh Howard (l)
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(Click for larger image) Leigh Howard (l) and the man who looked after him on the night, former track star Hilton Clarke - now with the Victorian Institute of Sport
Joel Leonard leads Matthias John
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(Click for larger image) Joel Leonard leads Matthias John in the invitation match sprint
Bayley and Wolff
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(Click for larger image) Bayley and Wolff race tactically in their match sprint
Bayley - at speed
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(Click for larger image) Bayley - at speed and determined
Olympic champion Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Olympic champion Ryan Bayley won the sprint over world champion Rene Wolff 2-1
There is a slight look of disbelief
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(Click for larger image) There is a slight look of disbelief on Leigh Howard's face as he takes his second huge win in 7 days
There were more women than usual
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(Click for larger image) There were more women than usual racing at Vodafone tonight - a large bunch in fact
Briana James (The Freedom Machine)
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(Click for larger image) Briana James (The Freedom Machine) in the bunch during the scratch race
Tahlia Clayton (Ararat)
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(Click for larger image) Tahlia Clayton (Ararat) in action
Nicole Holt (Blackburn)
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(Click for larger image) Nicole Holt (Blackburn) leads the scratch race
Rahan Demarte (Drapac Porsche)
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(Click for larger image) Rahan Demarte (Drapac Porsche) in the scratch race with 1 to go
Belinda Goss (TIS)
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(Click for larger image) Belinda Goss (TIS) starting from 10m in the six-lap handicap
Monique Hanley (Quickcycle)
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(Click for larger image) Monique Hanley (Quickcycle) leads Apryl Eppinger (VIS) and Michelle King (Nepean)
Eppinger wins
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(Click for larger image) Eppinger wins the handicap from Hanley and King
John Kennedy
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(Click for larger image) John Kennedy smiles for the camera
Michael Goldie concentrates
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(Click for larger image) Michael Goldie concentrates on the track ahead
Last minute preparations
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(Click for larger image) Last minute preparations
Matthias John leads out
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(Click for larger image) Matthias John leads out Joel Leonard in round 1
Ryan Bayley prepares
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley prepares for a showdown against Rene Wolff
You ready...?
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(Click for larger image) You ready...? Rene Wolff gives Ryan Bayley a quick glance
Bayley and Wolff
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(Click for larger image) Bayley and Wolff vie for position
Wolff picks up
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(Click for larger image) Wolff picks up the pace in front of Bayley
A quick glance
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(Click for larger image) A quick glance back at Rene Wolff
Todd Wilksch
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(Click for larger image) Todd Wilksch rounds the bank in the aces elimination
Mitchell Docker
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(Click for larger image) Mitchell Docker in the Aces Elimination
Richard England and teamate
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(Click for larger image) Richard England and teamate race for the line in the aces elimination
Rahna Demarte
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(Click for larger image) Rahna Demarte rides the bank in the womens scratch race
Demarte glances
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(Click for larger image) Demarte glances across to her opponents
Joel Leonard
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(Click for larger image) Joel Leonard begins the cat and mouse game in round 2 of the match race
Matthias John
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(Click for larger image) Matthias John in Joel Leonard's sights
Eyes only
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(Click for larger image) Eyes only for the man in front
Matthias John looks back
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(Click for larger image) Matthias John looks back to Joe Leonard
A line finish
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(Click for larger image) A line finish to Matthias in round 2
Ryan Bayley contemplates
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley contemplates the race ahead
Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley on rollers
Livia Gluchowska warms up
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(Click for larger image) Livia Gluchowska warms up on the rollers
A green machine
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(Click for larger image) A green machine
Bayley and Wolff
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(Click for larger image) Bayley and Wolff play cat and mouse in round3
Bayley and Wolff race
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(Click for larger image) Bayley and Wolff race for line honours
Nicole Whitburn crashes
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(Click for larger image) Nicole Whitburn crashes out in the Womens Handicap
Leigh Howard
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(Click for larger image) Leigh Howard walks his winning bike off the track
Winner of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels
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(Click for larger image) Winner of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels was 16-year-old Leigh Howard
Ryan Bayley
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley on the podium
Ryan Bayley contemplates
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(Click for larger image) Ryan Bayley contemplates his vistory over Rene Wolff
Jason Niblett lines up
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(Click for larger image) Jason Niblett lines up in the Melbourne Cup on Wheels final
John Kennedy visualising the race
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(Click for larger image) John Kennedy visualising the race ahead in the elimination
John Kennedy eyes the track
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(Click for larger image) John Kennedy eyes the track ahead in the Elimination
John psyches himself up
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(Click for larger image) John psyches himself up for the aces keirin final
A determined Joel Leonard
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(Click for larger image) A determined Joel Leonard before the aces keirin final
Bayley glances
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(Click for larger image) Bayley glances at the other riders in the aces keirin final
Profiles of wheels
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(Click for larger image) Profiles of wheels ready to turn (aces keirin final)
Michael Ford
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(Click for larger image) Michael Ford puts the hammer down in the aces scratch race
Richard England
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(Click for larger image) Richard England in a blur of motion in the aces scratch race
An extreme effort
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(Click for larger image) An extreme effort
Michael Ford leads
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(Click for larger image) Michael Ford leads Steven Rossendell
Steven Rossendell
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(Click for larger image) Steven Rossendell gasps for breath
Riders push hard
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(Click for larger image) Riders push hard trying not to be eliminated
Richard England
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(Click for larger image) Richard England in a blur of motion
Todd Wilksch
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(Click for larger image) Todd Wilksch powers along the black line
Todd Wilksch
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(Click for larger image) Todd Wilksch rides the bank at high speed