Busy program for Austral wheel race

The program for the 108th Jefferson Ford Austral wheel race, held this year on February 4, has been released, with plenty on offer for fans as Shane Kelly, Darren Young, Todd Wilksch and Mark French go head-to-head several times during the night's racing. All four will meet in the sprint derby, the Austral wheel race, the keirin and the Lance DeLuca Memorial scratch race. French will be looking to make a solid comeback after two seasons out of the sport, and should come out super motivated on the night.

The women's racing should be entertaining also, as Scottish rider Kate Cullen goes up against New Zealander Liz Williams and local girl Apryl Eppinger, who has enjoyed a strong season in so far 2005-06. They'll race each other in the women's scratch race and handicap, and with both Cullen and Williams looking for form ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games, the competition is sure to be intense. Other races on the night include a motor pace scratch race, aces elimination and an all-in scratch race. There's a large contingent of Japanese riders making the trip to ride most events on the night - they're sure to provide some colour to the evening's proceedings.

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

For more information see www.cyclistsinternational.com.au

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