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Austral Wheelrace 

15 Mar 2008 - Vodafone Arena, Melbourne

 

Write-up

2XU Future Stars Double Kilo Dash W18

Carly McCoombe and Shannon McCurley were neck and neck on points in the Future Stars series at the start the event. In the kilo dash it was McCoombe who held a great inside line going into the final lap to win ahead of Amy Cure and McCurley.

SEN Scratch Race

A small but talented field of women started the scratch race. Monique Handley (BBN) was the first to stir things up with an attack at 10 laps to go. She could not hold the pace and was counter attacked by the Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa. Mustapa held off the field for 5 laps before a reaction from Nicole Whitburn (VIC) strung the bunch out and gained half a lap. At 3 laps to go Tess Downing (VIS) decided it was time to make a move and managed to catch Whitburn with 2 laps to go. Livia Gluchowski (CAR) tried to react but could not hold the pace of Downing. At the bell Downing was the clear winner.

Lisa Friend (DPC) managed to get round Whitburn for second, Whitburn finished third.

2XU Future Stars Motor Paced W18

The pace was high as the riders switched off behind the Derny. A surprise win by the Tasmanian Amy Cure forced the favorites McCoombe and McCurley to fight out for second and third place on the line.

 

SEN Points Race 20 Laps

With double points on offer for the final sprint, Tess Downing made sure she was in a position to take the win. Gaining a few points as the race completed the sprints, it was Whitburn who attacked with 8 laps to go but she could not hold her pace. With 6 to go Downing attacked and managed to gain half a lap. She held on to take the win ahead of the Malaysian Mustapa and Lisa Friend.

 

2XU Future Stars Elimination W18

The elimination race is always a lottery and even more so in this race because Natsha Langedy created an extra dimension when she picked up the pace, forcing the rest of the bunch to chase hard. She could not hold the pace and was counterattacked by Kendelle Hodges. Hodges got caught on the line leaving McCoombe, Amy Cure and Shannon McCurley to fight for the final. At the bell McCurley led but could not hold off the power of McCoombe as she rounded the final bend in the lead. Cure just managed to cross the line for second ahead for McCurley.

 

SEN Keirin Final

The Malaysian Mustapa outpowered Downing to win the Keirin. Downing looked like she would wrap up the evening with a clean sweep as she tried to attack at the bell. Downing could not hold off the power of Mustapa on the back straight as the Malaysian sped past her to take the win. Downing held on for second ahead of Liz Georgouras (SA).   

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Results  

SEN Scratch 20 Laps

Position Name
1 Tess Downing
2 Nicole Whitburn
3 Lisa Friend
4 Beth Duryea
Liz Georgurous
Livia Gluchowski
Fatehah Mustapa
Monique Handley
Megan Marsh

2XU Future Stars Double Kilo Dash

Position Name
1 Carly McCoombe
2 Amy Cure
3 Shannon McCurley
4 Marquessa Jelbart
Laine Hammond
Veronica Dudderidge
Netasha Pearse
Kendelle Hodges
Angela McClure
Chloe McIntosh
Sarah Cure
Maelle Howarth
Julie Warren
Stephanie Hansen
Samantha Verlin
Naomi Pinto
Natsha Langedyk

 

 

2XU future Stars Motor Paced W18

Position Name
1 Amy Cure
2 Carly McCoombe
3 Shannon McCurley
4 Samantha Verlin
Laine Hammond
Veronica Dudderidge
Netasha Pearse
Kendelle Hodges
Angela McClure
Chloe McIntosh
Sarah Cure
Marquessa Jelbart
Maelle Howarth
Julie Warren
Stephanie Hansen
Naomi Pinto
Natsha Langedyk

 

2XU Future Stars Scratch W18

Position Name
1 Laine Hammond
2 Netasha Pearse
3 Shannon McCurley
Veronica Dudderidge
Carly McCoombe
Angela McClure
Chloe McIntosh
Kate Perry
Marquessa Jelbart
Maelle Howarth
Julie Warren
Amy Cure

 

2XU Future Stars Elimination

Position Name
1 Carly McCoombe
2 Amy Cure
3 Shannon McCurley
4 Kendelle Hodges
Laine Hammond
Veronica Dudderidge
Netasha Pearse
Angela McClure
Chloe McIntosh
Sarah Cure
Marquessa Jelbart
Maelle Howarth
Julie Warren
Stephanie Hansen
Samantha Verlin
Naomi Pinto
Natsha Langedyk

 

SEN Keirin Final

1 Fatehah Mustapa MAL
2 Tess Downing VIS
3 Liz Georgurous SA
4 Livia Gluchowski CAR
5 Nicole Whitburn BBN

 

SEN Points Race

Position Name Team Points
1 Tess Downing VIS 17
2 Fatehah Mustapa MAL 14
3 Lisa Friend DPC 11
4 Nicole Whitburn VIC 7
5 Monique Handley VIC 6
6 Liz Georgurous SA 0
7 Livia Gluchowski VIC 0
8 Megan Marsh VIC 0
9 Beth Duryea VIC 0

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Rider's Comments

Tess Downing (VIS) was very happy with her evening of racing. “I love racing this track and it is great to practice new skills” said Downing, referring to her attack in the points race. “I did not make the same mistake as last time. I knew there was double points for the final sprint and kept that to myself and saved some energy for the final sprint” she added. Downing is heading in the winter Road season hoping to gain some form for the early season track races when the season restarts in November.

Lisa Friend (Drapac Porsche) is just returning to the track after riding the criterium season over the summer. “I am pleased with tonight, I don’t have much track from but managed to be up there so I am happy” said Friend. Like Downing Friend will be riding the National Road series over the winter, the Mt Baw Baw Classic race and racing in the US to gain some form for next seasons World Cup series on the track.

Nicole Whitburn (Carnegie Caulfield) is just returning to racing after breaking her collarbone at the Bay Series in early January (Click here for coverge). “I enjoyed tonight, I didn’t have much form so pleased with forth in the points race” said Whitburn

Carly McCoombe (VIC) secured overall victory in the Future Stars series with a commanding performance in all events during the final date in the series. Going into the event McCoombe and Shannon McCurley we equal on points, with 100 each. During the series points were awarded for 1st place down to 8th, with 20 points down to 6. McCoombe secured a 1st, 2nd and 1st in the three events while McCurley could only manage three 3rd places. In recognition of her success McCoombe was awarded a brand new frame. “I am so happy” said McCoombe. “My form was unexpected tonight so I am very happy. I knew we were on equal points, so I just made sure I was up there every time. I am so happy to win a bike frame too” added McCoombe.

John Beasley is coach to many of the Australian riders but is more know these days for the work he is doing with the Malaysian track team. He has transformed a number of promising riders into talented competitors on the world stage over the last few years. His major successes have come from the men's team but he is starting to make progress with some of the women. Fatehah Mustapa was in good form at the Austral event and managed to secure one win for the night in the Keirin. John chatted about how things are going. “Fatehah is progressing really well. I am really pleased. She was very raw when I started working with her but she has good potential. I am happy with her progress. She has some Malaysian Games [coming up] which are the biggest thing for her in the short term. Azian Alias still has a chance of making the Olympics on the road. She is ranked 86 in the UCI ranking and the top 100 as at the end of May have a chance of being picked in the one-per-country rule, so she has a real chance of being picked. Uracca [Leow] is still going well. She is at University and she was second in a criterium the other day so she is coming along nicely now” added Beasley.

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