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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 28, 2011

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November 28, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Big names line up for Cycling NSW’s 30th Clarence Street Cyclery Cup

    New South Wales' Jackson Law was crowned Champion of Champions.
    Article published:
    November 22, 2011, 5:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Scott Law, Caleb Ewan, Jackson Law, Jackson Leigh-Rathbone confirmed

    Sydney's premier track cycling carnival will take center stage next Saturday December 3 at Dunc Gray Velodrome, with the running of the 30th Clarence Street Cyclery Cup. Some of the best talent NSW has to offer will be on show for the 30th edition of the carnival which is renowned for being a leading indicator of form leading into the National Track Cycling Championships.

    A fantastic list of riders will go into to battle on the boards including riders returning from the Oceania Track Championships in New Zealand plus numerous junior and master's world champions, national champions and a field on talented juniors. Headlining the carnival are riders such as Olympic hopeful Scott Law, Junior World Champions Caleb Ewan and Jackson Law, current Australian Time Trial champion Jackson Leigh-Rathbone and Korean Sunjae Jang. Along with these impressive names there are numerous NSW Institute of Sport athletes plus World Masters Champions David Stevens and Gavin White who will test the young guns.

    "The Clarence Street Cyclery Cup is NSW's showcase track cycling carnival and being the 30th anniversary edition, we look forward to another great day of first class racing on the boards at Dunc Gray Velodrome," said Kevin Young, Cycling NSW Chief Executive Officer. Mr Young added "with such an impressive list of riders, coupled with the NSW Kierin Championships, it's sure to be an entertaining day for all the family".

    Former winners of the Clarence Street Cup include names such as Mark Renshaw, Ben Kersten, Brett Dutton and Jackson Leigh-Rathbone. There's a long list of riders who will be looking to take out not only the Cup, but the NSW Elite Keirin Championships and U17's Scratch Race Championships which are to be run in conjunction with the carnival.

    Tickets to the event can be purchased from Cycling NSW's Office on 9738 5850 or at the door from $15 with free entry for children under the age of 15. Racing will commence from 2pm for the juniors,...

  • Law building for Olympic run at Oceania championships

    The podium for the men's 15km scratch race: Stephen Hall (silver), Scott Law (gold) and Glenn O'Shea (bronze).
    Article published:
    November 23, 2011, 4:02 GMT
    Alex Hinds

    20-year-old chasing sought after omnium spot

    Scott Law is using this week's Oceania Track Championships as the first stepping stone for a potential Olympic berth in 2012. The Australian is targeting a spot in the omnium, but with the removal of the points and scratch races for the London Games, selection in the event will be hotly contested, particularly against the likes of Cameron Meyer and reigning omnium world champion Michael Freiberg.

    But the 20-year-old is not fazed, telling Cyclingnews that selection will come down to the results that he and his rivals post in the coming 9 months.

    "Of course selection is going to be really competitive for London." said Law. "Hopefully I can put in a strong performance here at the omnium [starting today] and if all goes to plan I’ll be trying to ride some of the world cups, track nationals and possibly worlds, in order to make the best possible case to Cycling Australia."

    Law recently signed with the European-based An Post - Sean Kelly Cycling team, further progressing his fast developing road career. Like many other track riders his road career is what pays his bills, but he insisted that his commitments with An Post would not intefere with his track campaign.

    "Well it’s always a juggling act between the track and the road. I’ll try and do as well as I can in both, but if it all comes down to it then the Olympics have to be the priority. An Post are aware of that and they fully support me in that pursuit. They’re happy to give me as much time as I need to focus on the track."

    The final Olympic selection will likely come down to whichever rider can show that their credentials in the team pursuit are the best. In accordance with the new the Olympic program, the national team will be...

  • Geraint Thomas: Australians have the edge on Team GB

    Up close with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.
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    November 23, 2011, 15:21 GMT
    Cycling News

    Welshman admits rivals are ahead on the track

    Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas has told Eurosport that he thinks Australia are slightly ahead of Great Britain as the countdown to the fight for team pursuit gold at the 2012 London Olympics begins.

    The 25-year-old from Wales, who does his road racing for Team Sky, stated that although in his opinion the Great Britain team has something to find with with the current world champions in terms of form, he was confident that the gap can be closed in the coming months. He is hopeful of adding to the Olympic gold he won in the 2008 team pursuit in Beijing alongside Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Paul Manning.

    “To be honest I think the Australians are probably ahead of us in the team pursuit right now,” he said. “They are the current world champions and are posting impressive times. But we haven’t had our best side out for a while so when we do, we know we have to go out, work hard and do whatever we have to do to get in front of them again.”

    Thomas also said that he and his teammates aren’t feeling any extra pressure or expectations, despite next summer’s Games being on home soil and the fact that Great Britain performed so well in cycling four years ago.

    “There is always expectation and being at home and having smashed it four years ago, there is bound to be even more,” he said. “That doesn’t bother us at all. That’s something for the media to debate, but the fans will know that we are getting out there, working hard and doing everything we can to come out on top.”

  • Markov: Recognition for track cycling is growing

    Stage eight podium (l-r): Brad Huff (2nd,Jelly Belly), Alexey Markov (1st,Russian National Team), and Ivan Kovalev (3rd,Russian National Team) prepare to spray photographers in Dongfang.
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    Russian says team pursuit skills translate well to the road

    Former Caisse d’Epargne rider Alexei Markov says that the demonstration of force by the British national team at this year’s world championships in Copenhagen has helped to raise the value of team pursuit riders.

    "I think team pursuit riders are becoming more valuable assets to road cycling programs," Markov said to Cyclingnews. "In Copenhagen you saw the British team made up of many former and current team pursuit riders riding what was basically a team time trial.

    "Teams like Katusha have expressed interest about picking up a few of the team pursuit guys next year, perhaps after the Olympics. The skills from an effort like a team pursuit translate really well to the road. I think more teams are realizing that."

    In Markov’s current RusVelo team, which is supporting the Russian in his bid for next year’s games, the team has a split roster of road and track riders.

    "By the same token, it’s important for us track riders to have some road races to help with our endurance efforts," said Markov.

    The comments mirror those of Jonathan Vaughters in 2006 when the Slipstream sports manager identified Bradley Wiggins as a future road talent based on his dominant performances in the pursuit discipline at the Beijing Olympics.

    Markov is currently in Australia using the warmer weather to help his training for the upcoming track world cups - a critical part of his preparation for next year’s Olympic Games in London. He'll be riding this weekend's NSW Grand Prix Series as part of that build up.

  • NZ and Australia set to do battle again in Colombia World Cup

    The men's team pursuit combination (from left) Jesse Sergent, Marc Ryan, Sam Bewley and Aaron Gate.
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    November 25, 2011, 4:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    Kiwis carrying the edge after Oceanian domination

    New Zealand and Australia will field near full-strength squads for the upcoming Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia with both teams considering the event as vital for their preparation for next year’s Olympic Games.

    The last World Cup in Astana saw the Australian’s perform strongly with an untested line-up, but tougher competition is expected in Cali.

    New Zealand high performance director Mark Elliott said the event is one of the first times the top nations will be able to gauge their progress.

    "Many of the leading nations will have full strength teams at Cali so it will provide a reasonable litmus test on how we stack up."

    The event will also capitalise on a heightened level of ‘trans-Tasman’ rivalry between the New Zealand and Australia squads after the Kiwi team dominated the recent Oceania Championships in Invercargill. The New Zealand team pursuit teams were particularly impressive, with both setting the fastest times for a national squad in 2011.

    "What New Zealand's women [and team as a whole] have done is throw down the challenge as they have now recorded the fastest time in the world this year," said women’s coach Gary Sutton.

    "The pressure is building on riders vying for places in London but if they can't handle the pressure now they won't handle it next year."

    The Cali Track World Cup takes place from December 1.

    Australian team:

    Annette Edmondson. Melissa Hoskins, Sarah Kent, Josephine Tomic, Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Michael Freiberg, Michael Hepburn, and Mitchell Mulhern

    New Zealand:

    Shane Archbold, Sam Bewley, Eddie Dawkins, Lauren Ellis, Aaron Gate, Joanne Kiesanowski, Ethan Mitchell, Marc Ryan, Jaime Nielsen, Jesse Sergent, Alison Shanks, Simon van Velthooven, and Sam Webster.

  • Fourteen Americans names for second track World Cup

    American Sarah Hammer took the omnium points race win by lapping the field twice.
    Article published:
    November 26, 2011, 21:51 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team will head to Cali in Colombia

    Fourteen Americans will be competing in round two of the UCI Track World Cup set for Cali, Colombia on December 1-3. The Unidad Deportiva Alberto Galindo Velodrome will play host to the final Track World Cup event of 2011 and the second of four of the season.

    After eight riders gained valuable experience in round one in Kazakhstan last month, 14 of America's top track cyclists will contest 10+ events next weekend in Cali. Multi-time world champion Sarah Hammer (OUCH Pro Cycling) will led the women's team pursuit squad and contest the omnium as she begins her quest for Olympic gold. A combination of Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12), Dotsie Bausch (OUCH Pro Cycling) and Jennie Reed (OUCH Pro Cycling) will join Hammer in the women's team pursuit as they look to continue their success after setting the world record in 2010 and collecting the world championship silver medal in 2011. The US will also field a young men's team pursuit squad.

    National record holders Michael Blatchford (Project 2012) and Jimmy Watkins (Momentum Cycling) will be joined by Kevin Mansker (Project 2012) in the men's team sprint while also contesting several additional sprint events. Liz Carlson (Black Dog Pro Cycling Team) and Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center) will team up in the women's team sprint and contest additional sprint events.

    US team for UCI Track World Cup #2 in Cali
    Sarah Hammer (OUCH Pro Cycling) - team pursuit, omnium
    Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12) - team pursuit
    Dotsie Bausch (OUCH Pro Cycling) - team pursuit
    Jennie Reed (OUCH Pro Cycling) - team pursuit
    Gregory Daniel (Chipotle) team pursuit
    Mathew Lipscomb (Fulton Flyers) - team pursuit, points race
    Ian Moir (Yahoo Cycling Team) - team pursuit, omnium
    Zachary Noonan (FCS-Metro Volkswagen) - team pursuit
    Liz Carlson (Black Dog Pro Cycling Team) - team sprint, sprint, Kerin
    Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center) -...

  • Renshaw returns to the track in preparation for 2012

    Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) at the sign on in Taunton
    Article published:
    November 28, 2011, 2:25 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Sprinter the headline act at Clarence Street Cyclery Cup

    Mark Renshaw cut his cycling teeth on the pines but there's more to his return to the velodrome this Saturday night at the Clarence Street Cyclery Cup than a trip down memory lane.

    Next season bodes as the biggest in the Australian's career, as he goes from arguably the best lead out man in the business to number one sprinter at Rabobank and Renshaw revealed to Cyclingnews that he believes the track is the ideal place to finetune the fast twitch muscle fibres required in a sprint to the finish.

    "My role is changing, so I'm looking to get some more speed and acceleration in the legs and try and turn the lead out legs into sprinting legs," he said.

    "Basically I sat down with my trainer, we were looking for ways in which we could - not get an advantage - but to get some sprinting form back. I looked at the track; I always loved to ride it but when I came back it was always relaxed, but there's more pressure next year so obviously I'm extremely motivated now. I just saw this as a good opportunity."

    Renshaw's return to competition at the Dunc Gray Velodrome will see the 29-year-old up against some of the best up-and-coming talent in Australia with Olympic hopeful Scott Law, Junior World Champions Caleb Ewan and Jackson Law, current Australian Time Trial champion Jackson Leigh-Rathbone all set to start. It will be the first time the 2011 Tour of Qatar winner has raced competitively since 2009 NSW Madison Championships where he paired with Stephen Wooldridge. This Saturday, Renshaw will be in action throughout the entire carnival and Cycling NSW insiders have informed Cyclingnews that Renshaw has looked in ominous form in training – but how does the Rabobank-bound rider rate his own form?

    "I was probably looking good, I don't know if I was going good – there's a...

  • Pendleton daunted by retirement plan

    Victoria Pendleton celebrates winning the women's team sprint.
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    November 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT
    Cycling News

    British star dreading the prospect of finding new career

    2008 Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has reiterated her intention to retire after next summer's London 2012 Olympics but has admitted that she is "terrified" of having to forge a new career away from the velodrome.

    Pendleton won gold for Great Britain in the track sprint at Beijing four years ago and is hopeful of successfully defending her title on home soil. She has also won a staggering 15 medals at the World Championships, including eight golds, and is unsurprisingly known as the Queen of British cycling - using that reputation to voice her opinion on the public spat between Team GB's Lizzie Armitstead and Nicole Cooke last week.

    Having raced for over 20 years, Pendleton feels that her career will progress to a natural end after next year's Games. Her drive and determination are well known but injuries are starting to take their toll. Despite this, the 31-year-old told Sky Sports that the prospect of finding something else to occupy her time fills her with dread.

    "I am terrified, really terrified, about life after cycling because that is all I have done," she said. "Apart from a job over the Christmas holidays where I did some part-time work at my local pub and restaurant to earn some extra cash in between university, I haven't really had any jobs.

    "It's quite daunting. What will I be good at? What do I want to do? I think I am going to take a year out and try everything. I am going to take up as many opportunities as I can with the people I have met along the way and just try a load of stuff."

    Pendleton spoke about her injuries, which have become more frequent in recent years, but stated that she still hopes to take part in the sprint, keirin and team sprint in front of her adoring home fans next summer. It could be a...