Kelly chases the Austral

Shane Kelly, currently in strong form and fresh from a stunning victory in the keirin at the recent...

Shane Kelly, currently in strong form and fresh from a stunning victory in the keirin at the recent World Cup in Los Angeles will race from the scratch mark in the 108th edition of the Jefferson Ford Austral wheel race at the Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, on February 4.

Kelly, who'll be looking to add this race to a long list of career wins, will become one of only 12 scratch markers to be victorious since 1888 if he takes the victory on Saturday night. In what will possibly be his last public race outing before the 2006 Melbourne Games, Kelly is keen to fine tune his form for the Melbourne games against the likes of Tasmania's Darren Young, who won the event in 2002 and 2003 and a contingent of foreign riders from Canada, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, New Zealand and Scotland, who are all eager to get a win ahead of the games in March.

Racing starts at 7pm, February 4, and tickets are available from $20 at the door, or contact Ticketek on 132 849.

For more information see www.cyclistsinternational.com.au

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