Newly Crowned King of Australian Track Cycling, Ben Kersten, winner of four National titles a fortnight ago will be out to avenge his narrow defeat to brilliant Victorian teenager Leigh Howard in the Sydney Thousand in November last year. Kersten will be aiming to win his third Clarence St Cyclery Cup to be run over 2000m at Dunc Gray Olympic Velodrome, Bass Hill, on Saturday, February 25.
Kersten conceded Howard 70 metres start in the Thousand, but will only give him 40m start on Saturday night - meaning that he will have Howard in his sights from the start. Howard's fellow Victorian champion Joel Leonard is making the trip with the young rider to give him support against Kersten, who has dominated handicap races in Australia for the past two years.
A top entry of elite riders from Great Britain, New Zealand and Japan has been received by the organiser. Racing will commence at 6.30pm for the 24th running of the Clarence St Cyclery Cup, won previously by three Olympic Gold Medallists and two World Champions.