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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 18, 2011

Date published:
August 18, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Meares to compete in Colorado track race

    Anna Meares (Aus) on the top spot of the podium for the women's sprint.
    Article published:
    June 21, 2011, 21:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    US Grand Prix of Sprinting attracts top talent

    Triple World Champion Anna Meares will head up a strong field of track racers at the US Grand Prix of Sprinting in Colorado Springs, Colorado this August as part of the Australian National Team.

    Set for August 20-21 at the Velodrome in Memorial Park, the UCI-sanctioned event will also feature riders from Canada, the Netherlands, Trinidad and additional teams from South America.

    Riders and countries will earn points toward qualification for the London Summer Olympic Games, so competition is guaranteed to be fierce.

    Both men and women will ride the Team Sprint, Individual Sprint, Keirin and an individual flying lap record for more than $5,000 USD in prize money. General admission will be $10 at the gate, with children under 10 at half price. There will be VIP hospitality tables available that will include dinner, drinks and special access to the athletes. For more information visit the web site at www.uscyclinggrandprix.com

  • Top Australians to Perth Winter Track GP

    Cam Meyer, Stephen Hall and Jack Bobridge in the men's scratch race.
    Article published:
    June 22, 2011, 0:49 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    World Champions Meares and Perkins to compete

    On June 26, Australia's best sprinters will assemble in Western Australia for the Perth Winter Track Cycling Grand Prix. One of two UCI events held in the state, the Grand Prix will host more than 100 competitors, including the Australian Institute of Sport sprint team, which includes world champions Anna Meares, Kaarle McCulloch and Shane Perkins as well as other Olympic hopefuls Scott Sunderland, Daniel Ellis, Alex Bird, Mathew Glaetzer, Luke Durbridge, Rick Sanders.

    The track program begins at 10.00am with qualifying rounds of the sprinting and heats of the Historical Westral Wheelrace. There will be six UCI finals during the day that will include sprint, keirin, points and scratch races for both men and women.

    This year will see the 63rd running of the 2000m handicap Westral Wheelrace, which was first run in the Gold rush era of 1897 in the then thriving township of Coolgardie (600km East of Perth). That first race was won by Jack Boyland who went on to become a member of Parliament 20 years later.

    The event is part of the Festival of Cycling, which is in its fifth year. It also includes a sportif ride and trade show.

    For more information, visit the race website.
     

  • Hoy says he can win three gold medals in London

    Chris Hoy (Great Britain) sets off.
    Article published:
    June 28, 2011, 3:57 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Redgrave's record in sight

    Sir Chris Hoy has sent an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of next year's London Olympic Games, saying he believes he can repeat his Beijing performance from 2008, and win three gold medals.

    Should this occur, Hoy would become the most successful British Olympian, surpassing the record of rowing phenomenon Sir Steve Redgrave who won five gold medals. Hoy won his first with victory in the kilo at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, before his Beijing haul in the team sprint, keirin and the sprint. Redgrave by comparison won his gold medals over each Olympics from Los Angeles in 1984 and the Sydney 2000 Games.

    "For me London is the big one and I aim to be the best I've ever been and repeat what I did in Beijing," Hoy told BBC Sport.

    "My target is to go for three events in London and win three gold medals, it is as simple as that."

    Hoy has not been discouraged by his comparatively disappointing performance at the UCI Track World Championships in March, where he went home with a silver medal in the keirin and two bronze medals garnered in the sprint and team sprint. It was the first time the 35-year-old Scotsman had missed out on a gold medal at the event since 2003.

    "The plan is written, I've got the training programme, it's all there locked away and I'm very excited and motivated by it and I'm working harder than I've ever worked before," he said.

    "I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't think it would be possible [to win] again. I don't go there just for the sake of turning up, and with our team you wouldn't get there because the standard is so high.

    "I believe I have what it takes to do it again. You do the best you can and hope it's good enough. I thrive on the pressure," Hoy added.

    Earlier this month, Hoy said he was

  • Malaysian keirin ace Tisin now fixed on BMX

    Rizal Tisin in full flight.
    Article published:
    July 05, 2011, 9:28 BST
    By:
    Steve Thomas / Cyclingnews

    National team failed to qualify a number of riders for the London Olympic Games

    Despite having one of the strongest track sprint squads in the Asia-Pacific, Malaysia look set to qualify only one male track rider for the 2012 London Olympics; current World Cup Keirin Champion Azizul Hasni Awang.

    The London Games had been a long-term goal for the highly decorated Melbourne-based Malaysian national team directed by John Beasley, but things have not quite gone to plan recently, and that’s caused a major career re-think by some team members.

    With hopes of Olympic start slots evaporating current Asian Keirin Champion Rizal Tisin has 'temporarily' ditched his track program and returned to the BMX track, where he started his cycling career as a teenager.

    The 26-year-old had claimed World Championship medals (bronze in the 2009 1km TT), a World Cup win (Beijing 2008-9 1km), Commonwealth Games medals (silver in the 1km and bronze in the team sprint in India 2010) as well as numerous Asian and Southeast Asian Games championship medals in recent years.

    But most of Tisin’s hopes were pinned on selection for the 2012 Olympics, which now look to be a non-starter for him, so he has switched his focus to BMX and the hope of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

    Earlier this year Tisin took the Asian Championship kierin title and a bronze medal in the team sprint before turning his attentions fully to the BMX track, where he’s hoping to stir up enthusiasm within Malaysia, where the discipline is currently down on a fairly small scale and is heavily under-funded.

    He has already been in action in rounds of the national BMX series, and has stuck his neck out and with a part self funded project targeted at a medal in the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games), which take place in Indonesia during November. Should he, or other team members, come back with medals then it could well gain vital recognition for BMX in...

  • Olympian Whitehead dies in Texas

    Mark Whitehead in 2004.
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 0:29 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    USA Cycling confirms news from junior national track championships

    USA Cycling confirmed today the death of Mark Whitehead, a member of the USA's Olympic track cycling team in 1984. He was 50 years old.

    Whitehead died while attending the USA Cycling junior track national championships in Texas, but there were no details given on the cause of his death.

    A resident of Oceanside, California, Whitehead was a coach to many of the sport's top athletes, including Rahsaah Bahati and multi-time world champion Sarah Hammer.

    According to an interview with Fixed Gear Fever's Scott Patton, Whitehead began his cycling career as a junior in 1973. His first major success was making the world championship team for juniors in 1978 at the age of 17.

    He held 20 national championship titles, including the team pursuit in 1984 leading up to his only appearance at the Olympic Games.

    He is survived by his wife and three children.

  • Van Avermaet looks for more success in Spain

    Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) finished second overall in his national tour.
    Article published:
    July 29, 2011, 12:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Tour de Wallonie winner sets eyes on San Sebastian, Vuelta a España

    Following an impressive performance at the Tour de Wallonie, where he took the overall victory and a stage win on the ultimate day, Greg Van Avermaet hopes to continue his winning ways in Spain in the next few weeks. First, the Belgian will be BMC Racing Team's leader at the Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday, and then start the Vuelta in Benidorm on August 20.

    "I think I must be about as strong now as I was three years ago, when I won a stage in Wallonie and then made a strong showing in the Vuelta," Van Avermaet told Sportwereld. "That's what I want to do again now."

    The BMC rider, who also won a stage in the Tour of Austria earlier this month, will be his team's top man in San Sebastian tomorrow. "On paper, Greg is definitely our guy to ride for," assistant director Michael Sayers said on the team's website. "He's on fantastic form."

    Van Avermaet finished 11th in the Spanish Classic last year and will be assisted by Mathias Frank and Martin Kohler - who helped him win the Tour de Wallonie this week - as well as Amaël Moinard, who helped Cadel Evans win the Tour de France, amongst others.

    His only concern at this point is the fast turnaround from five days of racing in Belgium. "Hopefully I can recover in two days. We'll see," Van Avermaet said. "Hopefully I'll have good legs on Saturday. With the win in Wallonie, my confidence is good."

    Yannick Eijssen, Karsten Kroon, Johann Tschopp and Simon Zahner round out the BMC roster in San Sebastian. Van Avermaet will return to Belgium after the race to compete in the Eneco Tour before heading to the...

  • See Olympians in action at British Track Championships

    Kenny beats Hoy in heat one of their semi final
    Article published:
    August 10, 2011, 18:22 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Tickets now on sale and going fast

    With the 2012 London Olympics less than a year away, the upcoming British Cycling National Track Championships will be a chance to see members of the UK's Olympic squad competing against each other on home soil.

    Names have yet to be confirmed, but if previous years are anything to go by there will be more than a smattering of top guns competing against the best of the rest in the UK.

    The championships take place at the Manchester velodrome between 28 September and 2 October and tickets have just gone on sale for the Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday sessions (Wednesday and Thursday are free). With a maximum price of £8, they're selling fast and it's expected the velodrome's 3500 seat capacity won't take long to be filled.

    The track championships will be the last major event at Manchester for the majority of the track stars before the Olympics. That's because for the first time in several years, there's no Track World Cup at Manchester - that will instead take place at the London velodrome and it will cost more than £8.

    British Cycling's Paul Rowlands told Cyclingnews, "It's the first chance you'll see these guys before the winter track season before the Revolutions (Manchester based track series) kick off. But you're probably only going to get two opportunities to see most of these guys together before the 2012 Games.

    "Last year there were some surprises: it was the first time that Chris Hoy was defeated (by Jason Kenny) in the sprint for a very long time. That in itself was value for money as you were seeing a rare sporting moment. Maybe not if you were a Chris Hoy fan though!"

    Entry is free of charge for Wednesday and Thursday at the national championships

  • Australia and New Zealand track cyclists dominate opening night of Worlds

    Jackson Law, Alexander Morgan, Jack Cummings, and Alexander Edmondson, blistered around the Moscow velodrome in 4:02.632 to take the gold medal over Russia.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2011, 8:27 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Junior 'Cyclones' take world record in team pursuit

    The future looks bright for Austalian and New Zealand track cycling with the two junior national teams impressing on the opening night of the World Junior Track Championships in Russia. The two nations brought home four medals between them as they dominated the team pursuit and team sprint events.

    It was the gold medal winning ride from the crack Australian pursuit team that was the standout performance of the night however. The team clocked a world record time of 4:02:632 in the final to edge home nation Russia by four seconds and defend the title they took at last year’s worlds.

    The 'Cyclones', including Jackson Law, Alexander Morgan, Jack Cummings, and Alexander Edmondson never looked like losing after being ahead of the Russian’s at every time check. Sporting the traditional ‘bleached blonde hair’ of the junior track team, pursuit captain Law recounted the faultless ride.

    "I tried to keep the guys confident, but not cocky - just level headed, and today I wanted to make sure they knew - we don't win until we cross the line in first place."

    "We were just outside the world record in qualifying and we wanted to go out and smash the record, particularly as we were in Russia, riding against them in the final and the record was held by Russia."

    "The clock actually stopped early on 3:57, so we were going crazy thinking that's what we'd rode. Then it was corrected to 4:02 and we knew it was still a world record so we were still ecstatic."

    New Zealand rode to a creditable third despite posting the second fastest time of the night in their Bronze medal ride against Germany.

    Women not to be outdone

    In the women’s team sprint, the Australian duo of Adele Sylvester and Taylah Jennings won silver, while Kiwi pairing Stephanie McKenzie and Paige Paterson secured bronze.

    It was the second medal in the discipline for both Sylvester and McKenzie, who won...