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Friday Night Winter Track Racing #6

Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney, July 23, 2004

Athens-bound riders roll out

By Paul Craft

Three riders who were selected to represent Australia at Athens later this year joined 52 other track enthusiasts for a fun night of competitive racing.

The feature race for night was "The Div 1 VELOCRAFT 1km Wheelrace". Shaun Hopkins starting from scratch had to close a 40m gap to the next rider. This proved to be too much and for the first time in a long time Hopkins was not going to feature in the wheelrace. First year U19 Michael Mellish from Central Coast stormed home to overpower the fading Craig Eather. Dual Australian Silver medalist Phil Stokes was the best of the rest claiming third place. Velocraft has been a long time supporter of FNWTR and you can see what they have for sale on http://stores.ebay.com.au/Velocraft

FNWTR has offered the Australian Paralympics Tandem teams an opportunity to hone their match sprinting skills. David Short, Janelle Lindsey and Lindy Hou who are all on the road to Athens showed why they are the best in the world with an impressive display of skill and speed over a three race series.

The unusual Win'n'Out races were raced with much vigor. The lure of being able to win the race and pull out after 5 laps saw the sprinters rubbing their hands with glee. Spare a thought for the poor souls who went for the win and failed and in the process, burning too much energy to be able to contest the minor placing sprints.

Round 4's Mystery lapper had everyone guessing. The tactic of course was to stay near the front in anticipation of the bell. In the Div 1 race Anthony Bennett took this ideology to the extreme. The talented Lidcombe rider attacked the bunch only 5 laps into the race hoping the bell would ring soon. The tactic almost worked with Anthony holding a 50m lead for the bell on lap 13. Shaun Hopkins still smarting from the wheelrace made no mistakes crossing the gap to Bennett with ease to win the race.

Next weeks racing will feature the always spectacular monthly Madison . Well worth a visit to ride or witness this amazing team race.


Mortgagemaker Junior Development demonstration
1 Brendan 
2 Jade 
Round 1 
Warm up Tandem Motor Pace scratch Race winners 
Div 4 Jason Roberts 
Div 3 Joel Chant 
Div 2 Jim Gray 
Div 1 Phil Stokes 
Novice Chris Murray 
Round 2 
Group Handicap Novice 
1 Kevin Stubbs (130m)
2 Rod Wagner (130m)
3 Paul Marley (Scratch)
4 Malcolm Smith (Scratch)
Handicap Div 4 
1 Jason Roberts (Scratch)
2 Richard Lang (Scratch)
3 John Awakian (130)
4 Neil Leifels (Scratch)
Handicap Div 3 
1 Mark Rowling (Scra)
2 Daniel Grether (130m)
3 Leif Arnebarh (130m)
4 Matt Brown (Scratch)
Handicap Div 2 
1 Alex Simmons (Scratch)
2 Roland Lang (Scratch)
3 Ivan Colig (Scratch)
4 Graham McClymont (Scratch)
VELOCRAFT 1km Wheelrace Div 1 
1 Michael Mellish (80m)
2 Craig Eather (110m)
3 Phil Stokes (60m)
4 Brett Johnston (45m)
Athens Olympics Tandem Sprint Round 1 
1 Short Bolan 
2 Dixon Brown 
3 Lyndsey Hou 
Round 3 
Div 4 
1 Jason Roberts 
2 Richard Lang 
3 Neil Land 
4 John Awakian 
1 Chris Murray 
2 Malcolm Smith 
3 Gary Contatry 
4 Rolf Greather 
Div 3 
1 Joel Chant 
2 Michael Leach 
3 Mark Rowling 
4 Matt Brown 
Div 2 
1 No first Place (Rider DQ for Dangerous riding formal Warning given)
2 Alex Simmons 
3 Jim Gray 
4 Ivan Colig 
Div 1 
1 Shaun Hopkins 
2 Brett Johnston 
3 Anthony Bennett 
4 Phil Dixon 
Athens Olympics Tandem Sprint Round 2 
1 Short/Bolan 
2 Dixon/Brown 
3 Lyndsey/Hou 
Round 4 
Mystery Lapper 
Div 4 + Novice 
1 Jason Roberts (15 laps)
2 Neil Leifels 
3 Neil Land 
4 Richard Lang 
Div 3 
1 Andrew Grant (12 laps)
2 Steve Dixon 
3 Daniel Grether 
4 Joel Chant 
Div 2 
1 Jim Gray (11 laps)
2 Graham McClymont 
3 Alex Simmons 
4 Ivan Colig 
Div 1 
1 Shaun Hopkins (14 laps)
2 Phil Stokes 
3 Anthony Bennett 
3 Brett Johnston 
Round 5 
Scratch Div 3 and Div 4 Combine 
1 Michael Leach (15laps)
2 Mark Rowling 
3 Joel Chant 
4 Andrew Grant 
Scratch Div 1 and Div 2 Combine 
1 Phil Stokes (20laps)
2 Brett Johnston 
3 Micheal Mellish 
4 Alex Simmons (Div 2)
Athens Olympics Tandem Sprint Round 3 
1 Short/Bolan 
2 Dixon/Brown 
3 Lyndsey/Hou 
Local results 2004