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World's Oldest Track Cycling Race
The Austral Wheelrace, the World’s oldest track cycling event, will be staged for the 107th time on Saturday February 26 at Vodafone Arena. With previous editions of the Austral ending in crashes, cries of race fixing, and triumph, the 2005 edition will no doubt add to the folklore that surrounds the Austral.
A crack field has been secured to contest this event with World Cup champion and Athens Olympians Ben Kersten and two time Austral winner Darren Young secured to ride. Both Kersten and Young are programmed to ride off the mark of honour – the Scratch mark.
Recently crowned Australian Champions Joel Leonard and Sean Finning will also be competing as part of the 120 strong field and with former winners of the calibre of Sid Patterson, Danny Clarke and Garry Neiwand, all competitors will be desperate to add their name to the honour roll.
The Austral Wheelrace will be run over 2000 metres or 8 laps of the 250m Vodafone Arena board velodrome. There will be six heats, with the top four riders in each heat qualifying for the final. The Jefferson Ford Austral Wheelrace is also one of the highest ranked National Track Series events, and as such, a large points swag will be on offer to the triumphant rider in this historic event.
(Press Release from: www.cyclistsinternational.com.au)
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