(Revolution Cycling Series, Australia 2007 - 2008)
24 November 2007 - Vodafone Arena, Melbourne
Square Group Revolution Scratch 20 Laps
a mix of local and international talent the scratch race did not disappoint
the crowds. Jamaican, Iona Winter-Parks stretched her legs out over the
first few laps increasing the pace steadily. She was closely watched by Gina
Grain (CAN), Belinda Goss (AUS) and Sky-lee Armstrong (NSWIS). The pace of
the race was relatively steady until 10 laps to go when Tess Downing
(Drapac) increased the pace forcing the bunch to react to bring her back.
Immediately Peta Mullens (Jayco-VIS) counter attacked as Downing was caught
and managed to hold the field at half a lap before being joined by Lisa
Friend (Drapac).The pair held out until 2 to go when
Armstong led the chase to bring them back. She could not hold her
pace as Goss, Liz Georgouras (AUS), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) and Grain
closed in at the bell. This was
the order they finished across the line.
Future Stars Double Kilo Dash W18
really was a dash, over so fast the young women could hardly breathe. Carly
McCoombe (VIC) secured the victory ahead of Netasha Pearse (NSW) and
Veronica Dudderidge (VIC)
much anticipated sprint event suffered due to the absence of Kerrie Meares
(AUS), who was sick and a crash in warm up for Kaarle McCulloch (AUS). In
the first heat, Anna Meares (AUS) never really struggled against the Western
Australian rider Josephine Butler. Meares won convincingly.
second heat was a little closer; Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED) (who has been
spending time in Adelaide training with the AIS) rode up against the
American Liz Reap (who is only in her second season on the track) and local
rider Liz Georgouras (AUS). Reap worked hard at the bell but could not match
the speed of Hijgenaar who powered to the line.
Revolution Sprint Final
was a match of champions and one the crowd certainly enjoyed it. Anne Meares
(AUS) allowed Hijgenaar to come to the front after performing a track stand
and Hijgenaar took advantage. She led Meares across the line at the bell and
despite Meares looking like she would come round on the final bend,
Hijgenaar held her line to win.
Future Stars Elimination W18
McCurley (VIC) never really looked troubled in the elimination race, she
positioned herself well throughout and secured the win just ahead of Carly
McCoombe (VIC) and Kendelle Hodges (VIC).
Goss (AUS) came from behind in the final stages to win the point’s race
ahead of Peta Mullens (Jayco-VIS) who rode courageously; Mullens attacked
after the first sprint and secured the next two sprints. This forced a
reaction from some of the international riders who are using the Revolution
event as preparation for the World Cup event in Sydney next week. Grain
(CAN) was unfortunate to be relegated in the third sprint, being judged to
have come under Wynter-Parks (JAM), despite the fact that the sprint lane
was clear. Goss won the final sprint to secure a 10 point victory at the
finish ahead of Mullens and Cliff-Ryan (USA). The relegation of Grain put
her in 4th place. .
Future Stars Scratch W18
McCurley (VIC) rode well to win the scratch race ahead of favourite Carl
McCoombe (VIS) and Kendelle Hodges (VIC).
Island Revolution Keirin Final
Meares (AUS) seemed determined to take one win away with her at this event
and rode strongly to win the Keirin event. The surprise performance was from
Liz Georgouras (Matusi) who switched from rowing to track a couple of years
ago and has been juggling the scratch race and sprint racing over the last
year to find her strength. Competing at both events she certainly showed
that she has talent in both. At the bell she held the wheel of Meares and
fought hard to hold off Hijgenaar to the line and managed to do so
The Square Group Revolution Scratch 20 Laps
2XU Future Stars Double Kilo Dash W18
Goss (AUS) was please to be back
racing on the track and rode well to win the Scratch race. “It
is always good to get a win under your belt” said Goss.
Goss was asked if she was concerned when Mullens went away, she added “it
was a bit of a concern for a minute but we managed to bring her back.”
Armstrong (NSWIS) rode
well in the scratch race, she went into the event after a success Oceania
championships. Despite having brought the break back Armstrong could not
hold off the chasing bunch.
“I was a little disappointed to get caught but I am only just getting to
full form. I am disappointed not to have been selected for the Sydney World
Cup event, so I tried to place well here tonight to see if I could influence
the selectors for Beijing. This was a great event and the Revolution team
can be very proud of the event” said Armstrong.
Downing (Drapac) has
stepped up to the senior ranks and is showing some great form at top class
was really exciting out there tonight and I am where I want to be in terms
of my career” said Downing.
Mullens (Jayco-VIS) returned
to the track after a lay off of 15 months, switching her focus to the road.
Mullens worked hard to get away from the bunch, she was asked if she was
disappointed with being caught, she said “I
am out of track form and relied on my road form to stay away but it did not
work today. It was great to race with such a quality field on my home
rode to fourth place in the scratch race and had this to say, “I
PP’d the race, positioning, positioning and positioning. I am trying a lot
of tactical stuff tonight to prepare for next week. It was a fun race.”
Cliff-Ryan (USA) like
a number of the elite riders is in Australia preparing for the World Cups in
Sydney and Beijing. “I
love being in Australia, they just love cycling here and the competition is
great preparation. The best cyclists in the world are Australian so being
here to race against them is great. This is great preparation for me going
into the next few weeks.”
McCoombe (VIC) was excited to win
the kilo dash “It
was fun tonight racing in front of the crowd.”
Meares (AUS) enjoyed
being back on the Melbourne track, “I have fond memories of this track and
the crowd is great tonight. I thought the quality of riders would be a
little deeper tonight considering the number of internationals that are in
the country, but I understand that it is so close to the World Cup that some
would feel it was risky. Taking everything into consideration tonight has
been great racing.
Hijgenaar (NED) won the sprint
header against Meares but came off second in the Keirin to a determined
Meares. “I thought she was going to come round,” said Hijgenaar
[referring to Meares] “I rode my own race and I new it was best to do a
Reap (USA) is
one of three riders in the new USA professional track team. Reap is
relatively new to sprinting but enjoying the event. “Australians
are so warm and it has been great training and racing here. It was great
going up against Yvonne [Hijgenaar] she is so strong”
Goss (AUS) secured
her second win out of two to win the point’s race. “This
has hopefully been great preparation for next week, I came into this event
open minded and its gone pretty well.”
Mullens (Jayco-VIS) almost secured
the victory in the points race beaten only by an inform Goss.
“I knew there were double points on offer going into the final sprint and 'Gossy'
was the only one who could catch me. Belinda [Goss] is a class act and I new
I could not outsprint her” said Mullens.
Wynter-Parks (Jamaica) only
landed in Australia a couple of days before the race and was happy with
getting back on the Melbourne track, not having raced on it since the
Commonwealth Games. “It
was a great choice to come to the Revolution event to prepare for Sydney and
to get some races under my belt and get the jitters out.”
Grain (Canada) was
using the Revolution events as great preparation for the World Cup, “I am using these events as a
chance to try out some techniques that I have been working while I have been
here in Australia, coming from the back, working on coming over the top and
going from the front. I am not putting any pressure on myself here, it’s a
great event and a great field, half of the pack is in the world cup field so
it was a great chance to race a quality field and tune up for Sydney and
split herself between both the sprint and endurance events for the
Revolution events; she was asked if it had been tough. “It
was a little hard going into that last race. I have been working on both but
I think I will focus on the scratch race. I have been training out at
Adelaide with Anna and Kerrie [Meares] so it has been great to do the sprint
too.” Georgouras has made the transition from rowing and is
happy with the decision and being part of the developing Australian riders
on the track.
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