Ockerby wins maiden Austral crown

Young Tasmanian outsmarts his elders in Melbourne

Luke Ockerby added his name to the Austral Wheelrace winners' list after taking out the 113th edition of the world's oldest bike race in front of a sold out crowd at the Darebin International Sports Centre Velodrome in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old, who hails from a cycling 'dynasty' in his native Tasmania started the race off a mark of 45m and took the lead with just two of the eight laps remaining. He held off his more fancied rivals and event favourites, Victorian Rick Sanders and South Australia's Glenn O'Shea in a sprint to the line.

The field of 20 riders for the 2,000m Austral Wheelrace final was determined from four heats held earlier in the evening's session, with Sanders and O'Shea confirming their favouritism by taking out their respective heats.

Ockerby was too strong in the final however, becoming the first Tasmanian to win the prestigious event since Darren Young claimed back-to-back victories in 2002 and 2003.

"It is pretty unbelievable, to be honest," said Ockerby after raising the famous Austral trophy.

"I was pretty surprised by it; I knew someone was there but I didn't look back, so I was pretty happy when I crossed the line first.

"I thought Rick [Sanders] was going to get there, but he got swamped by the backmarkers on the final lap, and I was just lucky I had a good mark to start off with," he added.

Sanders was aiming to become the third in the family to take out the famous event after his father Dave's victory in 1978 and brother Ben, who took out last year's Wheelrace at Hisense Arena.

"It was another one of those nights where your lungs feel good and your legs feel good, but everything has to go right in this race to get it," said the younger Sanders.

"It was tight and hard to get out at the end there and when I finally got out, I just didn't have the speed at the finish," he added.

Sanders who will represent Australia at the UCI Junior World Championships in Moscow later this year.

O'Shea, who made a comeback to cycling last month after a long layoff due to illness, was happy to be back racing in his former home state after moving to Adelaide last year to follow his coach Tim Decker.

"It's always nice to race here at DISC and I am happy with tonight's race," said O'Shea, who took gold in the team pursuit at the Australian championship in Sydney last month.

"I was a long away back with two laps to go, but I have never say die attitude and had good run, but was not quite there," said O'Shea.

The Bendigo native was back on the podium less than an hour later after winning the Victorian elite men's scratch race championships ahead of Bendigo's Jamie Crass and Blackurn's Brent Nelson.

"I'm still a Victorian," said O'Shea after receiving the gold medal. "It's a really exciting time in my life and it's great to be back on the bike," he added.

Earlier in the session, Bendigo's Braeden Dean won the Hilton Manufacturing Junior Austral after a daring breakaway just inside three laps from the finish. He held on to win ahead of Shepparton's Jay Castles and Blackburn's Alistair Donohue.

Perkins powers as Edmondson sweeps all before her

In other events, Victoria's Shane Perkins averaged 72.572km/h to set a new DISC standing lap record of 12.401 seconds.

"It gets a bit hairy on the back of a motorbike at that speed, but it's a bit of fun and I was just running on adrenalin," said Perkins, who reached a maximum speed of 80km/h.

South Australia's Annette Edmondson completed a clean sweep in the women's events, taking out all events on offer including the Victorian's women's scratch race championships in sensational fashion.

Edmondson, who claimed the Australian omnium and scratch race crowns at the national championships held in Sydney earlier this month, lapped the field in the afternoon's combined elite and under 19 race, along with Victoria's Antonia Abbisogni and fellow South Australian Jessica Mundy.

In the 'Legends Austral' Stephen Pate, Danny Clark, David Sanders and Laurie Venn, who combined claimed a total of ten wheelraces between 1977 and 1999, put on a great show for the sold-out crowd.

Four-time winner Pate just edged triple winner Clark on the line, with Sanders taking out third place despite being helped midway through the race by son Ben who gate crashed the race, riding on the track mid way through.

Full Results

Junior Boys 11-13 8 Lap Heart Starter 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Benton (CAR)0:03:18.098 
2Nathan Bof (BWK)  
3Riley Hart (BWK)  
4Isaac Buckell (BGO)  
5Ronin Munro (TAS)  
6Godfrey Slattery (BBN)  
Junior Girls 11-13 8 Lap Heart Starter 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Charlotte Thompson (EM)  
2Mietta Greighurtig (CAR)  
3Sarah Gigante (BWK)  
4Georgia O'Rourke (TAS)  
5Rochelle Liston (BS)  
6Jemma Heraper (SA)  
7Anna Charlotta O'Rourke (TAS)  
Junior Women 8 Lap Heart Starter 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Courtney Field (CAR)0:03:03.313 
2Emma Bilston (BS)  
3Emily Dunk (CAR)  
4Greta Curran (BWK)  
5Kellie Schouten (TAS)  
Women 10 Lap Heart Starter 2500m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (SA)0:03:27.363 
2Shannon Mccurley (LTC)  
3Adele Sylvester (CAR)  
4Antonia Abbisogni (CSL)  
5Imogen Jelbart (BGO)  
6Laine Hammond (NOR)  
7Jessica Mundy (SA)  
8Emy Huntsman (HAW)  
9Caitlin Ward (BBN)  
10Emma Waldron (CSL)  
11Marquessa Jelbart (BGO)  
12Danielle Nyikos (ART)  
13Lisa Cochrane (BBN)  
14Alissa Maglaty (USA)  
15Tess Spencergill (BGO)  
16Jodi Uphill (AW)  
Men "C" 10 Lap Heart Starter 2500m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Phil Gallagher (WGL)0:03:09.184 
2Matthew Opperman (SA)  
3Liam Harland (EM)  
4David Mann (AW)  
5Liam White (BS)  
6Simon King (CAR)  
7Callum Fryer (CAR)  
8Sydney Anstee (BGO)  
9Aaron Mills (AW)  
10Alan Bolton (CAR)  
11Tim Tyler (MTB)  
12Ryan Kimberley (CAR)  
13Greg Hunter (CAR)  
DNFLawrence Naughton (BGO)  
DNFDavid Fairburn (BGO)  
Women Minor Place Scratch 2500m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laine Hammond (NOR)0:03:28.586 
2Shannon Mccurley (LTC)  
3Emma Waldron (CSL)  
4Emy Huntsman (HAW)  
5Caitlin Ward (BBN)  
6Marquessa Jelbart (BGO)  
7Adele Sylvester (CAR)  
8Danielle Nyikos (ART)  
9Jodi Uphill (AW)  
10Lisa Cochrane (BBN)  
11Tess Spencergill (BGO)  
12Alissa Maglaty (USA)  
bikeexchange.com.au Sprint 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Perkins (CAR)0:00:10.922 
2Alex Bird (ACT)  
Men "A" 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Law (NSW)0:03:26.250 
2Glenn O'Shea (SA)  
3Caleb Ewan (NSW)  
4Luke Ockerby (TAS)  
5Jamie Crass (BGO)  
6Rick Sanders (CAR)  
7Brent Nelson (BBN)  
8Alex Edmondson (SA)  
9Ed Bissaker (SA)  
10Jack Cummings (CAR)  
11Miles Scotson (SA)  
12Peter Loft (TAS)  
13Jackson Law (NSW)  
14Jackson Leigh Rathbone (NSW)  
15Brendan Schultz (BGO)  
16Edrus Yunos (MAL)  
17Hafiz Sufian (MAL)  
18Jacob Schmid (CAR)  
19Luke Parker (CAR)  
20Robert Jon Mccarthy (SA)  
Men "B" 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Leaper (BBN)0:03:39.069 
2Stuart Vaughan (HAW)  
3Mark Flood (BGO)  
4Cameron Parlevliet (BBN)  
5Richard Wood (SA)  
6Jamie Shankland (CAN)  
7Brendan Bailey (BWK)  
8Ryan Pontelandolfo (BGO)  
9Sam Crome (BGO)  
10Robert Tidey (CAR)  
11Chris Jehu (CLC)  
12Hikari Arikawa (JPN)  
13Damian Harris (FTY)  
14Stephen Kilpatrick (AW)  
15Todd Shintler (BGO)  
16Emerson Harwood (BBN)  
DNFBrenton Jones (WGL)  
Men "C" 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brett Rollinson (WGL)0:03:47.298 
2Liam Harland (EM)  
3Liam White (BS)  
4Matthew Opperman (SA)  
5Luke Pretlove (ART)  
6David Fairburn (BGO)  
7Phil Gallagher (WGL)  
8David Mann (AW)  
9Aaron Mills (AW)  
10Tim Tyler (MTB)  
11Simon King (CAR)  
12Alan Bolton (CAR)  
13Ryan Kimberley (CAR)  
14Trevor Perry (HAW)  
15Sydney Anstee (BGO)  
16Callum Fryer (CAR)  
DNFLawrence Naughton (BGO)  
Women 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (SA)0:04:07.647 
2Shannon Mccurley (LTC)  
3Imogen Jelbart (BGO)  
4Antonia Abbisogni (CSL)  
5Laine Hammond (NOR)  
6Jessica Mundy (SA)  
7Emma Waldron (CSL)  
8Emy Huntsman (HAW)  
9Marquessa Jelbart (BGO)  
10Danielle Nyikos (ART)  
11Adele Sylvester (CAR)  
12Tess Spencergill (BGO)  
13Lisa Cochrane (BBN)  
14Jodi Uphill (AW)  
DNFCaitlin Ward (BBN)  
M17 "A" 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Braeden Dean (BGO)0:03:35.575 
2Alistair Donohue (BBN)  
3Mathew Ross (CAR)  
4Jack Hickey (CAR)  
5Mitchell Barry (BBN)  
6Callum Scotson (SA)  
7Aidan Bowe (BGO)  
8Callum Munro (TAS)  
9Hugo Tolliday (BS)  
10Braeden King (CAR)  
11Sean Mciver (BWK)  
12John Cochrane (BBN)  
13Jay Castles (SHP)  
14Brae Mapson (CSL)  
15Nathan Hinkley (SA)  
16Kyle Thompson (CAR)  
DNFThomas Preston (CAR)  
M17 "B" 12 Lap Heart Starter 3000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tyson Breen (BWK)0:04:04.032 
2Andrew Hinkley (SA)  
3Pierce Connor (BBN)  
4Jerome Bechaz (LTC)  
5Joshua Liston (BS)  
6Jack French (HAW)  
7Declan Dempster (AW)  
8Liam Hood (BWK)  
Austral Wheelrace Heat 1 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Leaper (BBN) 140m0:02:08.758 
2Brett Rollinson (WGL) 210m  
3Liam White (BS) 190m  
4Ryan Pontelandolfo (BGO) 140m  
5Callum Fryer (CAR) 210m  
5Simon King (CAR) 190m  
7Sam Crome (BGO) 160m  
8Chris Jehu (CLC) 170m  
9Luke Pretlove (ART) 240m  
10Matthew Opperman (SA) 230m  
11Trevor Perry (HAW) 230m  
12Robert Tidey (CAR) 170m  
13David Mann (AW) 210m  
DNFTim Tyler (MTB) 245m  
Austral Wheelrace Heat 2 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rick Sanders (CAR) 70m0:02:08.789 
2Brenton Jones (WGL) 150m  
3Jacob Schmid (CAR) 115m  
4Robert Jon Mccarthy (SA) 110m  
5Emerson Harwood (BBN) 135m  
6Brendan Schultz (BGO) 75m  
7Phil Gallagher (WGL) 190m  
8Aaron Mills (AW) 220m  
9Mark Flood (BGO) 110m  
10Luke Parker (CAR) 90m  
11Todd Shintler (BGO) 170m  
12Alan Bolton (CAR) 205m  
13David Fairburn (BGO) 220m  
14Liam Harland (EM) 190m  
15Sydney Anstee (BGO) 220m  
DNFGreg Hunter (CAR) 205m  
Hilton Manufacturing Jnr Austral H1 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hugo Tolliday (BS) 65m0:02:21.032 
2John Cochrane (BBN) 45m  
3Jerome Bechaz (LTC) 120m  
4Callum Munro (TAS) 95m  
5Alistair Donohue (BBN) 15m  
6Brae Mapson (CSL) scr  
7Mitchell Barry (BBN) 25m  
8Tyson Breen (BWK) 110m  
9Thomas Preston (CAR) 70m  
10Joshua Liston (BS) 130m  
11Declan Dempster (AW) 185m  
12Aidan Bowe (BGO) 75m  
13Sean Mciver (BWK) 80m  
Hilton Manufacturing Jnr Austral H2 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Braeden Dean (BGO) 60m0:02:20.096 
2Jay Castles (SHP) 65m  
3Pierce Connor (BBN) 125m  
4Jack Hickey (CAR) 40m  
5Jack French (HAW) 120m  
6Andrew Hinkley (SA) 180m  
7Braeden King (CAR) 75m  
8Callum Scotson (SA) 15m  
9Nathan Hinkley (SA) 90m  
10Mathew Ross (CAR) 20m  
11Kyle Thompson (CAR) 70m  
DNFLiam Hood (BWK) 95m  
Austral Wheelrace Heat 3 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brent Nelson (BBN) 50m0:02:10.517 
2Jamie Crass (BGO) 70m  
3Miles Scotson (SA) 70m  
4Cameron Parlevliet (BBN) 115m  
5Jackson Law (NSW) 25m  
6Peter Loft (TAS) 90m  
7Edrus Yunos (MAL) 105m  
8Stuart Vaughan (HAW) 160m  
9Stephen Kilpatrick (AW) 170m  
10Richard Wood (SA) 170m  
11Jamie Shankland (CAN) 130m  
12Hikari Arikawa (JPN) 150m  
13Ryan Kimberley (CAR) 180m  
DNFJay Callaghan (QLD) 100m  
DNFGeorge Tansley (SA) 50m  
DNFAlex Bird (ACT) 90m  
Austral Wheelrace Heat 4 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Glenn O'Shea (SA) scr0:02:08.510 
2Caleb Ewan (NSW) 25m  
3Luke Ockerby (TAS) 60m  
4Alex Edmondson (SA) 40m  
5Jackson Leigh Rathbone (NSW) 10m  
6Brendan Bailey (BWK) 140m  
7Jack Cummings (CAR) 75m  
8Scott Law (NSW) 15m  
9Ed Bissaker (SA) 60m  
10Lou Pascuzzi (CAR) 150m  
11Hafiz Sufian (MAL) 110m  
12Charles Martin (BS) 160m  
DNFAndrew Shannon (SVC) 125m  
DNFPeter Loft (TAS) 90m  
DNFDamian Harris (FTY) 160m  
Women Handicap 1500m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (SA) scr0:01:47.265 
2Imogen Jelbart (BGO) 35m  
3Emy Huntsman (HAW) 70m  
4Laine Hammond (NOR) 70m  
5Antonia Abbisogni (CSL) 55m  
6Jessica Mundy (SA) 55m  
7Emma Waldron (CSL) 85m  
8Danielle Nyikos (ART) 115m  
9Tess Spencergill (BGO) 130m  
10Jodi Uphill (AW) 165m  
11Alissa Maglaty (USA) 105m  
12Lisa Cochrane (BBN) 150m  
13Adele Sylvester (CAR) 15m  
14Shannon Mccurley (LTC) 15m  
15Caitlin Ward (BBN) 30m  
16Marquessa Jelbart (BGO) 130m  
Hilton Manufacturing Jnr Austral 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Braeden Dean (BGO) 60m0:02:17.974 
2Jay Castles (SHP) 65m  
3Alistair Donohue (BBN) 15m  
4Jack French (HAW) 120m  
5Brae Mapson (CSL) scr  
6Jack Hickey (CAR) 40m  
7Jerome Bechaz (LTC) 120m  
8Hugo Tolliday (BS) 65m  
9Mitchell Barry (BBN) 25m  
10Braeden King (CAR) 75m  
11Andrew Hinkley (SA) 180m  
12Callum Munro (TAS) 95m  
13John Cochrane (BBN) 45m  
14Pierce Connor (BBN) 125m  
bikeexchange.com.au Keirin 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Perkins (CAR)0:00:10.423 
2Alex Bird (ACT)  
3Hafiz Sufian (MAL)  
4Luke Parker (CAR)  
5Ed Bissaker (SA)  
Austral Legends Race 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Pate 10M  
2Danny Clarke  
3David Sanders  
4Laurie Venn  
Austral Wheelrace Final 2000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Ockerby (TAS) 60m0:02:03.777 
2Rick Sanders (CAR) 70m  
3Glenn O'Shea (SA) scr  
4Jackson Law (NSW) 25m  
5Caleb Ewan (NSW) 25m  
6Jackson Leigh Rathbone (NSW) 10m  
7Tom Leaper (BBN) 140m  
8Brenton Jones (WGL) 150m  
9Cameron Parlevliet (BBN) 115m  
10Brett Rollinson (WGL) 210m  
11Robert Jon Mccarthy (SA) 110m  
12Simon King (CAR) 190m  
13Emerson Harwood (BBN) 135m  
14Jacob Schmid (CAR) 115m  
15Jamie Crass (BGO) 70m  
16Liam White (BS) 190m  
17Callum Fryer (CAR) 210m  
DNFRyan Pontelandolfo (BGO) 140m  
DNFAlex Edmondson (SA) 40m  
DNFMiles Scotson (SA) 70m  
DNFBrent Nelson (BBN) 50m  
M17 "B" 15 Lap Win/Out 3750m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Hinkley (SA)0:05:14.561 
2Tyson Breen (BWK)  
3Liam Hood (BWK)  
4Pierce Connor (BBN)  
5Jack French (HAW)  
6Declan Dempster (AW)  
7Joshua Liston (BS)  
M17 "A" 15 Lap Moto 3750m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Hickey (CAR)0:04:54.250 
2Mitchell Barry (BBN)  
3Thomas Preston (CAR)  
4Jay Castles (SHP)  
5Alistair Donohue (BBN)  
6Kyle Thompson (CAR)  
7Braeden Dean (BGO)  
8Hugo Tolliday (BS)  
9Callum Munro (TAS)  
10Sean Mciver (BWK)  
11Callum Scotson (SA)  
12Braeden King (CAR)  
13Mathew Ross (CAR)  
14Aidan Bowe (BGO)  
15Brae Mapson (CSL)  
16Nathan Hinkley (SA)  
17John Cochrane (BBN)  
Tandem Sprint 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon King/Kate Riley0:00:13.853 
2Paul Parker/Daryl Perkins  
DISC Lap Record 250m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Perkins (CAR)0:00:12.401 
Sprint Elimination H1 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Law (NSW)  
2Alex Bird (ACT)  
3Rick Sanders (CAR)  
4Caleb Ewan (NSW)  
5Edrus Yunos (MAL)  
6Luke Parker (CAR)  
Sprint Elimination H2 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Law (NSW)0:00:12.046 
2Alex Bird (ACT)  
3Caleb Ewan (NSW)  
4Rick Sanders (CAR)  
Sprint Elimination Final 200m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Law (NSW)0:00:11.826 
2Caleb Ewan (NSW)  
3Alex Bird (ACT)  
Victorian Scratch Champs 15000m
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Glenn O'Shea (SA)0:17:47.232 
2Jamie Crass (BGO)  
3Brent Nelson (BBN)  
4Jackson Leigh Rathbone (NSW)  
5Luke Ockerby (TAS)  
6Brenton Jones (WGL)  
7Tom Leaper (BBN)  
8Ed Bissaker (SA)  
9Brendan Schultz (BGO)  
DNFHikari Arikawa (JPN)  
DNFHafiz Sufian (MAL)  
DNFStuart Vaughan (HAW)  
DNFScott Law (NSW)  
DNFMark Flood (BGO)  
DNFPeter Loft (TAS)  
DNFBrendan Bailey (BWK)  


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