(Revolution Cycling Series, Australia 2007 - 2008)
19 December 2007 - Vodafone Arena, Melbourne
Revolution took off in Melbourne at the Vodafone Arena on Wednesday evening. In front of a near-capacity crowd and with over a hundred infield dining guests, the race programme was a treat to watch. The races were competitive, the field was elite and contained racing stars from several continents.
(IRE) was a surprise winner of the NAB Points race ahead of a very
disappointed Tess Downing (Drapac) and Gina Grain (Canada). There was
confusion amongst the riders regarding the double points for the final
sprint which affected the final placing riders thought they had achieved.
looked like Rochelle Gilmore (Menikini) was going to continue the form she
has been showing on the road (in criteriums in Queensland and New South
Wales) but Downing had other ideas and was in the thick of most of the
sprints along side Jessica Berry (Jayco VIS) and Gina Grain. Moriarty
managed to secure a 4th and 3rd place in the early
It was the
attack of Nicole Whitburn (Hitachi Racing) with seven to go that turned the
pace of race. Moriarty followed her and forced Downing to react. At the bell
Downing was boxed in and could not manage to squeeze through. Moriarty held
on for first place and maximum double points, Julia Bradley (CAN) sprinted
in for second. Sky-Lee Armstrong (NSW) had been active all race and just
beat Gina Grain to third place in the final sprint.
(TOS) looked troubled for a few seconds as Apryl Eppinger pushed her towards
the barrier with 2 to go. Meares however showed her experience and powered
out of the 2nd corner to sprint for victory
never looked troubled in her heat against Josephine Butler. Meares powered
round on the back straight to win comfortably.
The young and
very talented Jess Varnish (GBR), a second year junior, could not be beaten
as she held her line in the final lap against the equally talented Kaarle
McCulloch and Liz Georgouras.
Revolution Sprint Final
Despite a huge
effort from Kerrie Meares on the final lap, both she and Jess Varnish were
no match for the power of Anna Meares. Anna Meares used her trademark kick
in the final 100m to sweep past Kerrie Meares and Jess Varnish.
Revolution Scratch 20 Laps
The pace was on
right from the gun and did not let up right to the bell. Sky-lee Armstrong
(NSW) attempted to break away but she was quickly marked by Jessica Berry
9Jayco VIS) and Kate Cullen (SCO). Armstrong tried again but this time it
was Louise Moriarty (IRE) and Tess Downing (Drapac) who worked to close the
gap. With four to go Julia Bradley (CAN) tried to get away but this time it
was Nicole Whitburn and Gina Grain who closed the gap. At the bell Cullen
attacked and managed to hold on for the win. Liz Georgouras just got to the
line ahead of Rochelle Gilmore.
Revolution Keirin Final
showed that her form that has been missing over the last couple of years is
really coming back. She managed to get round Kaarle McCulloch on the line in
a clear victory. Liz Georgouras just held on for third ahead of the young
British rider Jess Varnish.
Stars Double Kilo Dash W18
powered her way around Laine Hammond in the final 100m to secure her win.
Shannon McCurley just held on for third.
Stars Motor Paced W18
The motor pace
was a little tough for some of the young women in this race but again it was
Shannon McCurley who showed real talent to win ahead of Carly McCoombe and
Stars Scratch W18
Laine Hammond finally secured a win in the W18 events with a powerful display of riding. Hammond stretched the legs of the bunch at the bell and did not panic as the bunch closed in around her at the line. Netasha Pearse just beat the inform Shannon McCurley to get a deserved second place.
NAB Revolution Points, 30 laps
NAB Revolution Sprint Heats
NAB Revolution Sprint Final
NAB Revolution Scratch 20 Laps
NAB Revolution Keirin final
2XU Future Stars Double Kilo Dash
2XU future Stars Motor Paced W18
2XU Future Stars Scratch W18
Varnish (GBR) is
one of the many young riders coming through the GB track system and took the
opportunity to compete on the Melbourne track while on holiday in Australia
with family. A second year junior Jess raced against a few of the top
sprinters in the world including the World and Olympic Time Trial record
holder Anna Meares. “I was happy with my ride, I am in the gym, on the road and doing
strength work at the moment so I don’t feel I have that much speed but I
was pleased with that” said Varnish.
started racing her bike at 5 and start as a mountain biker. She discovered
the track at 7 and has never looked back. “I
really enjoyed the track and just loved racing on it” added
Varnish. Varnish like so many of the young riders coming out of the UK is
focused on the track for now. “I
ride the road for training but I love the track” said Varnish.
is part of the GB 2012 development team and will certainly be some one to
watch in the future. “I
am aiming for a Gold medal in 2012” said a very confident Varnish.
Meares (TOS) was
struggling with a post Bejing chest infection but decided to ride the sprint
event. Racing in a three up against her sister Kerrie and Jess Varnish and
showed the crowd why she is the number one in the world and in Australia. “I am glad night is over” said Meares. “It is nice when you come out
when you are not feeling your best and still ride well and come away with a
win. That was a great race, it isn’t often that you have a three up.
Kerrie [Meares] was
really putting the pressure on, I thought I would just sit and wait because
I knew that is what Kerrie would be doing. I almost got stuck on her hip but
managed to bank off the home straight so I am happy.” Discussing
Meares ability to sprint so well in the last 100m, Meares added “It
is something I have been working on for the last couple of years. Power is
something that we have worked on, when I went to the AIS this is something
that we have really worked on. I have a jump sprint which has what has made
the difference in my time trialing.”
(AUS) It took a huge effort
to get round Kaarle [McCulloch] to win her heat. “It is great to race
well, that was really hard” said Meares. Talking about racing against
friends and training buddies, Meares added “When
you train with people all the time, especially Anna you know each other
really well so when you race against them you have to try something
different. We get up every day
and train together, we even were the same clothes, we go out and I think
‘she won’t wear that’ it is the same on the track. We think alike so
you have to be creative on the fly when we race.”
is excited about the Team Sprint in LA “We
are getting faster every time we ride, I really hope we can carry it forward
to the World Championships in March ” said Meares.
was very happy to be racing again on the Melbourne track after she was
crashed out in Revolution 1. “I am happy to be racing this
time after last time, I wasn’t as happy with my sprinting tonight but my
view is every time you get on the track it should be a learning experience.
I made a silly mistake in the sprint so you just have to move on. In the
Keirin I was a little happier I just ran out of legs” said
McCulloch. McCulloch heads to LA for the next round of the World Cup in the
New Year where she hopes to medal again in the team sprint and the
Kate Cullen (SCO)
is spending the UK winter in the sun and plans to ride the Tasmania carnival
and the Bay Series after the Christmas break.
“I came here tonight with a focus on the scratch race and I am so happy I
won. I have been doing major road miles but not one was committing in the
race. I believed that if you commit you can win and I did”
had not realised that she had won the Point’s race until she was
interviewed by WCN moments after the race. The double points on the final
sprint confused all riders. Apparently no one had remembered this rule from
the first revolution series. “I’ve won, wow, that’s
fantastic, I thought I had just won the last sprint, I am delighted”
said Moriarty. “I
made a few mistakes in the race, I hesitated on a few of the sprints when I
shouldn’t have but that is really great news.”
Downing (DPC) was very disappointed with her second place in the
Point’s race. Confused by the double points she thought she had won. “I
had not realised there was double points, no one briefed us before the race
to let us know. I had worked hard all race and thought I had done enough to
win” said Downing. Downing will take a short break over Christmas
and ride again at the Bay Series for the Pitcher Partners team.
Grain (CAN) had
planned her race well, but had missed a couple of first places to Downing.
Half way through the race, she remembered that there had been double points “Despite any briefing I remembered from Revolution I that they had
awarded double points and figured I just had to make sure I was up there
with the sprints and at the end” said Grain. Grain is planning to
travel to Tasmania for the carnivals and is riding with Belinda Goss in the
Volvo team for the Bay Series.
Liz Georgouras (AUS) was racing both the endurance and the sprint events, talking after the final sprint event Georgouras said “That last race was so hard. Racing back to back events is really tough, I am pleased to have finished.” Asked if she had made a decision on what she will focus on in 2008, Georgouras added “I will do the endurance events but focus on the Scratch as I have a strong sprint and this race often finishes in a sprint.“
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