The leading cyclists featured at the Sydney Thousand will have their final workout on the Canterbury Velodrome in Tempe, Australia this Wednesday, October 25. Ben Kersten, who stole the show at this year’s Commonwealth Games when he defeated two Olympic and World champions to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal, will be having a hit out to see whether he will be able to compete in the Sydney Thousand.
Kersten underwent major surgery on back in July to rectify of problem that has restricted his cycling for the past twelve months and has not competed since. Kersten’s decision will be made on Wednesday in consultation with Gary Sutton, the NSW Institute Coach.
Gary Sutton will nominate the events that will be suitable for Kersten to contest. Rochelle Gilmore, Kaarle McCulloch, Skye Lee Armstrong and Kate Bates will be in attendance as well as national criterium champion Richard England and Keith Oliver, the World Masters Champion. Oliver will be involved in a three-lap match race against the dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kate Bates in what has been termed the 'Battle of the Sexes'.
The Battle of the Sexes is being supported by Robbie McEwen, who has put up $1000 for the winner to make a presentation to Make a Wish Foundation.