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2012 Subaru Cycling Australian Track Championship 2012

Date range:
January 26-29, 2012
  • 2012 Subaru Cycling Australian Track Championship, Adelaide, AUS, CN
  • Days Expand the race menu
    • Session One

      Start location:
      Men: U19 3000m Individual Pursuit (qualifying), 4000m Individual Pursuit (qualifying), U19, Open Kilometre Time Trial
      End location:
      Women & U19 Team Sprint
    • Session Two

      Start location:
      Men: U19 3000m Individual Pursuit (final), 4000m Individual Pursuit (final), U19 Sprint (qualifying), Team Sprint
      End location:
      Women U19 2000 metre Individual Pursuit (qualifying), Women 500 metre Time Trial (final), Women U19 2000 metre Individual Pursuit (final), Women U19 7.5km Scratch Race (final)
    • Session Three

      Start location:
      Men U19 Sprint (¼ finals), Open Mens Teams Pursuit (qualifying)
      End location:
      Women 3000 metre Individual Pursuit (qualifying), Women U19 500 metre Time Trial (final), Women Sprint (qualifying)
    • Session Four

      Start location:
      Men: U19 Sprint (semi-finals), U19 Sprint (final), Sprint (round 1), Bill Young Men U19 Teams Pursuit (final), Southcott Cup Open Men Teams Pursuit (final), U19 25km Points Race (final)
      End location:
      Women U19 Keirin (qualifying), Women U19 Keirin (final), Women Sprint (¼ finals), Women U19 20km Points Race (final)
    • Session Five

      Start location:
      Men Sprint (¼ finals), Men U19 Keirin (qualifying)
      End location:
      Women U19 Sprint (qualifying), Women & U19 3000 metre Team Pursuit (qualifying)
    • Session Six

      Start location:
      Men: Sprint (semi-finals - final), U19 Keirin Repechage, Final, 15 kilometre Scratch Race, Men U19 10km Scratch Race
      End location:
      Women U19 Sprint (1/4 finals), Women Sprint (semi-finals), Women Sprint (final), Women U19 3000 metre Team Pursuit (final), Women 3000 metre Team Pursuit (final), Women 25km Points Race (final)
    • Session Seven

      Start location:
      Men U19 Team Sprint (qualifying, final), Men Keirin (qualifying)
      End location:
      Women Keirin (qualifying), Women Keirin (Repechage)
    • Session Eight

      Start location:
      Men U19 Madison (final), Men Keirin (Repechage, final), Men 40km Points Race (final)
      End location:
      Women U19 Sprint (semi-finals), Women U19 Sprint (final), Women Keirin (final), Women 10km Scratch Race (final)

January 26, Session Two: Men: U19 3000m Individual Pursuit (final), 4000m Individual Pursuit (final), U19 Sprint (qualifying), Team Sprint - Women U19 2000 metre Individual Pursuit (qualifying), Women 500 metre Time Trial (final), Women U19 2000 metre Individual Pursuit (final), Women U19 7.5km Scratch Race (final)

Hepburn on top in pursuit

By:
Cycling Australia
Published:
January 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT,
Updated:
January 26, 2012, 21:24 GMT

McCulloch claims 500m title

Michael Hepburn salutes the crowd.

Michael Hepburn salutes the crowd.

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Queensland's Michael Hepburn won gold in a thrilling elite men's individual pursuit final against South Australian Rohan Dennis at the 2012 Subaru Cycling Australia Track National Championships at Adelaide's Super-Drome.

The pair, who were half of Australia's 2011 world champion pursuit team, staged a nail-biting duel that saw Dennis (Jayco-AIS) almost a second up on Hepburn at the three quarter mark of the 16 lap race. But the GreenEdge rider held his nerve and stuck to his schedule wiping out the deficit and surging clear to win in a time of 4:17.481. That was almost three seconds faster than Dennis whose 4:20.004 earned him the silver medal.

"It's very important to me - the individual pursuit is an event that I've always had a strong passion (for) and I have big ambitions in this discipline," an ecstatic Hepburn said after donning the Australian champion's jersey. "This and the team pursuit are my two big goals and it's really nice to get the crown tonight."

"After this morning's ride I was fairly confident and even throughout the final I was fairly confident, " said Hepburn. "I've seen Rohan ride a fair bit and I know how he rides. He tends to go out quite quick, whereas I'm the opposite, I like to race the person over the last two kilometres.

"Full credit to Rohan, he's just had a great result in the Tour Down Under, he's only had a few days to recover, " added Hepburn.

In 2009, Hepburn set a world record in the under 19 3000m pursuit on the same track and later the same year won the junior world title. Graduating to the senior ranks in 2010, Hepburn claimed back to back team pursuit world titles but also has his sights set on individual glory.

"If you look at the current team pursuit squad, obviously Jack is the standout in the individual pursuit and Rohan has done some really good rides as well, " Hepburn explained. "(But) I'm starting to do some good rides and it's an event we all take very seriously - it's still a world championship event." Hepburn added.

Dennis, who finished second in 2011 to Bobridge, was making no excuses after the race.

"I felt it - in saying that, he's a top-class rider," said Dennis. "I wouldn't take the win away from him just because I did the Tour Down Under as he was always going to be a hard competitor.

"He's not easy to beat anyway, even when I am on form, all credit to him.

"I was probably putting too high expectations on myself, but sometimes that works," Dennis added.

Queensland's Mitchell Mulhern took the bronze medal (4:23.857) over South Australian Alexander Edmondson (4:31.229).

Earlier in the evening session on day one Sydney's Kaarle McCulloch, 24, claimed her third straight 500m time trial crown just hours after her silver medal ride in the team sprint. McCulloch showed no signs of fatigue, covering the first 250 metres in 19.447 and completing the two laps in 34.244.

"I am pretty happy with that as this event is still quite important to me, it's the event I won my first Australian title in as a junior, and I always really want to do well in it," said McCulloch of the time trial which is no longer in the Olympic Games program.

"I thought I could have done a little bit better, but I think that was wishful thinking. I think the heat got to me a little bit today, but my personal best is 34.208 and I did a .244 then, so I can't be too unhappy.

"I am looking forward to the sprint now, and as all my training is geared to the team sprint, I don't feel any pressure in the sprint.

"Hopefully I can go out and ride a good time, get through to the final and give Anna a good run for her money," McCulloch said.

Canberra's Catherine Culvenor (35.616) took the bronze medal, while South Australia's Rikki Belder (35.283), who teamed with Anna Meares to win gold in the team sprint, placed third.

In the under 19 individual pursuit, Victorian Alexander Morgan, 17, bolted out of the gates to lead by four tenths of a second after the first kilometre of his race against Tirian McManus (NSW). McManus managed to narrow the margin to seven hundredths of second at the halfway mark, but Morgan found something extra in the third kilometre and pushed his lead out again. A fast finishing McManus fought back but it was not enough and the Victorian won the gold medal in his time of 3:19.909. McManus claimed silver in 3:20.918.

"I am pretty tired, but pretty happy with how it all worked out in the end," said Morgan, who claimed the team pursuit world title at the UCI Junior Track World Championships last August with Jack Cummings, Alexander Edmondson and Jackson Law.

"I got so nervous before the start, and kept trying to tell myself that everyone else was in the same boat.

"So I am happy to come through with the win, particularly after coming second last year and after a hard few months of training." Morgan said.

In the ride for the bronze medal, West Australia's Trent Derecourt (3:23.485) defeated Queensland's Nicholas Schultz (3:26.786).

West Australian Kelsey Robson, 16, set an All Comers and Championship record on her way to winning gold in the women's under 19 2000m individual pursuit over dual 2011 junior world champion Taylah Jennings (QLD).

Only four tenths of a second separated the pair in qualifying but in the final it was all Robson who led at every time check to run away with the win, crossing the line in 2:24.788, three seconds faster than Jennings who recorded 2:27.830.

"It was really a game of tactics as she goes out really fast and I go out really slow, so I just had to back it up in the second half of the race, and it worked out really well," said Robson after claiming her first Australian title. "I am so excited, as a first year rider you don't expect to get a gold, you just do it for the experience. So this is just really great."

Tasmania's reigning team pursuit junior world champion Georgia Baker (2:29.409) defeated Queensland's Alexandra O'Dea (2:31.113) in the bronze medal ride.

Less than an hour later, Jennings bounced back to win gold In the women's under 19 scratch race. Much of the early pace set early by West Australian Elissa Wundersitz with Jennings timing her attack perfectly at the bell lap to sprint home ahead of Queensland team mate Alexandra O'Dea. South Australia's Jessica Mundy was third.

"It was disappointing qualifying first and coming second in the individual pursuit final to Kelsey, but she did a great job and I was happy with my time," said Jennings. "So I put it all in that scratch race there and it was a really good race and I really enjoyed it.

"I have pretty high expectations of myself and it would have been nice to have done better in the individual pursuit but I still have four races left, so I am not worried," she said.

In the final event of the night South Australia successfully defended their team sprint title when Nathan Corrigan, James Glasspool and Matthew Glaetzer defeated the New South Wales trio of Mitch Bullen, Andrew Taylor and Peter Lewis.

Corrigan out the home team narrowly in front after the first of three laps but Andrew Taylor blitzed the second lap to give New South Wales a lead of two hundredths of second with 250m to go.

A parochial crowd propelled Glaetzer over the final lap for a finishing time of 45.087 seconds, 0.020 faster than their rivals who clocked 45.315.

Victorians Shane Perkins, Jason Niblett and Jaron Gardiner (45.984) claimed the bronze medal ahead of WA's Scott Sunderland, Jonathan Bathe and Aaron Cooper (46.191).

Full results

Men U19 200m Sprint Qualification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emerson Harwood (VIC) 0:00:10.595  
2 Jacob Schmid (VIC) 0:00:10.711  
3 Alex Radzikiewicz (SA) 0:00:10.811  
4 Matthew Beazley (NSW) 0:00:10.985  
5 Jai Angsuthasawit (SA) 0:00:11.072  
6 Thomas Clarke (ACT) 0:00:11.135  
7 Patrick Constable (SA) 0:00:11.187  
8 Jake Abramovic (NSW) 0:00:11.262  
9 Michael Astell (TAS) 0:00:11.355  
10 Douglas Torr (QLD) 0:00:11.582  
11 Dylan Newbery (QLD) 0:00:11.684  
12 Drew Popperwell (WA) 0:00:11.751  
Men U19 3000m Individual Pursuit Qualification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tirian Mcmanus (NSW) 0:03:18.369  
2 Alexander Morgan (VIC) 0:03:18.520  
3 Trent Derecourt (WA) 0:03:19.822  
4 Nicholas Schultz (QLD) 0:03:20.896  
5 Miles Scotson (SA) 0:03:21.179  
6 Jack Cummings (VIC) 0:03:22.286  
7 Evan Hull (VIC) 0:03:22.763  
8 Nicholas Yallouris (NSW) 0:03:23.509  
9 Robert-Jon Mccarthy (SA) 0:03:24.436  
10 Jesse Kerrison (QLD) 0:03:25.205  
11 Bradley Linfield (WA) 0:03:25.683  
12 Jack Mcculloch (NSW) 0:03:26.191  
13 Owen Gillott (QLD) 0:03:26.790  
14 Sam Croft (SA) 0:03:27.045  
15 Joshua Harrison (SA) 0:03:28.165  
16 Jake Mcmahon (TAS) 0:03:28.628  
17 Theodore Yates (WA) 0:03:30.718  
18 Nathan Hinkley (TAS) 0:03:32.459  
19 Luke Vitler (WA) 0:03:33.105  
20 Jacob Restall (QLD) 0:03:33.944  
21 Oliver Martin (TAS) 0:03:39.215  
DSQ Matthew Nicholson (TAS)    
Men U19 3000m Individual Pursuit Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Morgan (VIC) 0:03:19.909  
2 Tirian Mcmanus (NSW) 0:03:20.918  
3 Trent Derecourt (WA) 0:03:23.485  
4 Nicholas Schultz (QLD) 0:03:26.786  
Elite Men 4000m Individual Pursuit Qualification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Hepburn (QLD) 0:04:18.592  
2 Rohan Dennis (SA) 0:04:19.547  
3 Mitchell Mulhern (QLD) 0:04:20.526  
4 Alexander Edmondson (SA) 0:04:23.165  
5 Michael Freiberg (WA) 0:04:23.182  
6 Peter Loft (TAS) 0:04:25.060  
7 Edward Bissaker (SA) 0:04:27.559  
8 Benjamin Harvey (NSW) 0:04:32.793  
9 Tyler Spurrell (VIC) 0:04:32.962  
10 Kyle Marwood (QLD) 0:04:35.364  
11 Bradley Robson (WA) 0:04:36.380  
12 Jack Beckinsale (NSW) 0:04:36.963  
Elite Men 4000m Individual Pursuit Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Hepburn (QLD) 0:04:17.481  
2 Rohan Dennis (SA) 0:04:20.004  
3 Mitchell Mulhern (QLD) 0:04:23.857  
4 Alexander Edmondson (SA) 0:04:31.229  
Elite Women 500m Time Trial Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kaarle McCulloch (NSW) 0:00:34.244  
2 Catherine Culvenor (ACT) 0:00:35.616  
3 Rikki Belder (SA) 0:00:35.823  
4 Ziggy Callan (VIC) 0:00:36.008  
5 Adele Sylvester (VIC) 0:00:36.609  
6 Stefanie Fernandez-Preiska (QLD) 0:00:36.692  
7 Holly Williams (WA) 0:00:36.898  
8 Cassandra Flugge (WA) 0:00:36.955  
9 Rebecca Stevenson (QLD) 0:00:37.994  
10 Sorelle Bowman (ACT) 0:00:39.480  
Women U19 2000m Individual Pursuit Qualification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Taylah Jennings (QLD) 0:02:25.996  
2 Kelsey Robson (WA) 0:02:26.397  
3 Georgia Baker (TAS) 0:02:28.102  
4 Alexandra O'dea (QLD) 0:02:29.864  
5 Elissa Wundersitz (WA) 0:02:30.048  
6 Jessica Mundy (SA) 0:02:30.093  
7 Hayley Jones (QLD) 0:02:30.340  
8 Lauretta Hanson (VIC) 0:02:30.369  
9 Tian Beckett (WA) 0:02:31.190  
10 Emily Mcredmond (WA) 0:02:32.475  
11 Stacey Riedel (SA) 0:02:33.536  
12 Imogen Jelbart (VIC) 0:02:33.782  
13 Samantha Fromentin (SA) 0:02:35.644  
14 Brie Dutton (NSW) 0:02:36.441  
15 Ruby Greig-Hurtig (VIC) 0:02:38.964  
16 Lucy Kirk (ACT) 0:02:39.685  
17 Carla Franson (SA) 0:02:40.693  
Women U19 2000m Individual Pursuit Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kelsey Robson (WA) 0:02:24.788  
2 Taylah Jennings (QLD) 0:02:27.830  
3 Georgia Baker (TAS) 0:02:29.409  
4 Alexandra O'dea (QLD) 0:02:31.113  
Elite Men Team Sprint Qualification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nathan Corrigan (SA) 0:00:45.312  
  Matthew Glaetzer (SA)    
  James Glasspool (SA)    
2 Mitchell Bullen (NSW) 0:00:45.784  
  Peter Lewis (NSW)    
  Andrew Taylor (NSW)    
3 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:46.015  
  Jason Niblett (VIC)    
  Shane Perkins (VIC)    
4 Jonathan Bathe (WA) 0:00:46.922  
  Aaron Cooper (WA)    
  Scott Sunderland (WA)    
Rel Alex Bird (ACT)    
  Daniel Ellis (ACT)    
  Nathan Hart (ACT)    
Elite Men Team Sprint Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nathan Corrigan (SA) 0:00:45.087  
  Matthew Glaetzer (SA)    
  James Glasspool (SA)    
2 Mitchell Bullen (NSW) 0:00:45.315  
  Peter Lewis (NSW)    
  Andrew Taylor (NSW)    
3 Jaron Gardiner (VIC) 0:00:45.984  
  Jason Niblett (VIC)    
  Shane Perkins (VIC)    
4 Jonathan Bathe (WA) 0:00:46.191  
  Aaron Cooper (WA)    
  Scott Sunderland (WA)    
Women U19 7.5km Scratch Race Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Taylah Jennings (QLD) 0:09:52.000  
2 Alexandra O'dea (QLD)    
3 Jessica Mundy (SA)    
4 Georgia Baker (TAS)    
5 Ruby Greig-Hurtig (VIC)    
6 Holly Heffernan (NSW)    
7 Elissa Wundersitz (WA)    
8 Carla Franson (SA)    
9 Allison Rice (ACT)    
10 Brie Dutton (NSW)    
11 Hayley Jones (QLD)    
12 Lauretta Hanson (VIC)    
13 Emily Mcredmond (WA)    
14 Imogen Jelbart (VIC)    
15 Lucy Kirk (ACT)    
16 Stacey Riedel (SA)