Improvements for 2006 Sydney Thousand

The marathon 2005 Sydney Thousand track cycling carnival at Dunc Gray Olympic Velodrome held two weeks ago will be almost totally revamped before it is held again next year. Organisers have decided on a more streamlined program to replace the four hour enduro that, although successful, tested spectators' time budgets on a stormy afternoon. Some races are shorter, some are gone altogether, and others, including the Sydney Thousand, will receive a prize money boost.

The Sydney Thousand will have a total of $10,000 attached and the popular and exciting race for under 19 year-old men - which carries Ben Kersten's name - will be increased twofold to $2,000. This makes both races the richest of their kind in the world - wheelrace and under 19 scratch.

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