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2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:51:46 AM »
2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
The Adelaide Super-Drome will host the 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships this week (10-13 October 2018), with Bathurst Cycling Club and WRAS Sprinter Eliza Bennett representing at the Championship. Part of the NSW contingent Eliza is the only U/19 female selected in the 35 strong NSW Team, with Western Region Academy Coach Marian Renshaw explaining that “the Championships are a massive step up from the Junior Ranks for Eliza”.
 
“Eliza will be competing in four events over the Championships; her favourite event is the Sprint in which she will be looking for a PB in the qualifying round”.

The 2019 Oceania Track Championships will be held over 4 days with Australia’s fastest male sprinters looking to reverse New Zealand dominance in recent elite men’s sprinting titles. It is a different story in the female power championships with Aussie stars Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch in control of the recent sprint titles.
Meanwhile in the endurance events, there has been very little between Australia and New Zealand in recent years, with the Aussies hoping the Adelaide Super-Drome will give them an edge in 2018.

Marian Renshaw is confident Eliza will perform well and use this as great experience in the coming months before States and National Championships this season. Marian also pointing to the Bathurst clubs good record at the Oceania Track Championships with Harry Carter at last year’s titles at Cambridge’s (New Zealand) Avantidrome. While local champions Mark Renshaw , Dean Windsor and Toireasa Gallagher (Ryan) have all been on the Podium at the Oceania Championships

With Olympic qualifying underway the competition will be very intense in the elite division, while medals are always tough to come by in Eliza’s Under 19 titles. Eliza’s first event will be on Wednesday where she will pair up with another of the Australian Riders in the Women’s Team Sprint.

For more on the NSW Team at the 2018/19 Championships click here -
http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/News/All-News/nsw-riders-set-for-oceanias
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Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 06:50:11 AM »
Past Bathurst Champs at the Oceania Track Championships:

As mentioned above by Marian the local Bathurst District has an impressive record at the Oceania Track Championships particularly around the time of the Sydney Olympics. Its worth remembering there are a lot more locals with solid achievements at the Road Oceania Championships but in the lead up to Eliza’s ride at the 2018/19 Oceania Track Championships it is certainly worth recalling some of this Track History.

Bathurst Cyclists have an excellent record for Australia in the Oceania Track Championships. Mark Renshaw, Toireasa Gallagher (Ryan) and Dean Windsor have all won medals in the Open Elite Championships while Meg Windsor won a medal in the 2003 Junior Womens Championships the same year that she won Gold and Bronze at the Youth Olympics. Harry Carter has been the standout performer in recent times riding the 2017/18 Oceania Track Championships in NZ, while Matthew Farmer was selected in the 2003 Elite Mens Oceania Team; it’s also worth mentioning that Ben Sanders who raced with the club for a few years was a Oceania Track Medallist. Both Janelle Lindsay and Toireasa have also had success as pilots for Lindy Hou & Felicity Johnson in the Multi Disability Oceania Titles.

As expected Mark Renshaw is a star performer, he rode brilliantly in both sprint and endurance Oceania events as an under 19 junior in 1999 (which was the first event contested on Dunc Gray Velodrome); topping Qualifying in the flying 200 before beating the likes of Hayden Roulston in the U19 Mens Points Race. He also picked up Gold Medals in the Teams Sprint and Teams Pursuit. 12 months later, he was selected in the 2000 elite men’s Oceania Team and again finished on top defeating Ashley Hutchinson and the flying Ryan Bayley in the Oceania Elite Men's Scratch Race.

Toireasa Ryan (Gallagher) also rode the 1999 Oceania and looked a likely medalist when qualifying 3rd in the Women 3000m Individual Pursuit behind star riders Annalisa Farrell (NZ) and Kate Bates (Aus) however Sandra Smith would beat her in the Bronze Medal Final. That defeat made the Podium place 12 months later in the 2001 Oceania Women's Points Race Final all the more sweeter; when she took bronze, again behind World Champ Katherine Bates and New Zealand Star Annalissa Farrell. Of course Toireasa then switched to the tandem, like another Bathurst athlete Janelle Lindsay, with both winning medals and titles in the Multi Disability Oceania Championships. However Toireasa continued in the elite womens championships racing the 2005/2006 Oceania Track Championships in New Zealand.
 
Meg Windsor also raced the 2001 Oceania Track Championships but her podium place came in the 2003 Championships when she took bronze in the Women U19 Oceania Scratch Race Final behind South Australian Renee Braithwaite and Kate Nichols. The performance remains a special one for the Youth Olympics Gold Medallist as she was already being treated for the illness which would force her early retirement from the sport.

Dean Windsor recorded a top 5 placing in the 2003 Oceania U19 Track Championship before bagging a whole swag of medals at the 2004 Oceania Champs at Wanganui in New Zealand, including the U19 Men Oceania Point Race Gold. While increasing his focusing on the road he still raced the elite men’s Oceania Track Championships with a top 5 rides in the 2005 Elite Men 40km Points Race Final and 15,000m Scratch Race Final behind NZ Pro tour stars Tim Gudsell & Peter Latham; while he picked up a Silver Medal in the 2004 Elite Men Team Pursuit Final riding with Jamieson, Bayly and Richard England.

In recent times, it been Harry Carter that has been representing the locals at the Oceania Track Championships racing both the Junior and then the Senior Championships last year in at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, New Zealand. Another local resident Tom Bolton also raced these Championships; in fact both Harry and Tom rode together in the Madison which was won by the New Zealand team of Campbell Stewart and Tom Sexton. Racing a variety of events Harry was closest to a medal in the Elite Mens Teams Pursuit where his Australia Green team finished fourth behind winners Australia Gold.

We are proud of our record at the championships and excited for Eliza and the new crop of local juniors as they start a new generation of riders at the championships.

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Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 07:05:50 AM »
Gold to Bathurst's Eliza Bennett!!!
Wow – News just in that Bathurst rider Eliza Bennett has just won gold in the Oceania Track Champs team sprint.

Bathurst sprinter Eliza Bennett has won gold on Day 1 of the 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships. The WRAS Athlete combined with Heather May in the Australia Green team to record a very slick 36.741sec for the 500m (2 laps of the Adelaide Super-Drome) in Qualifying for the Women Junior Team Sprint. This put the pair in the final against the New Zealand team of  Olivia King and Tyla Green.

However Bennett and May had a surprize for the New Zealanders in the final almost taking a full second off there Qualifying time to record a sizzling 35.954sec to take the Women Junior Team Sprint Gold Medal by 1.18seconds

Big Congratulations to Eliza and her support crew with a special mention to Marian and the Bcc Junior Committee and the WRAS.

RESULT Event 7b: Women Junior Team Sprint Final (2 Laps 500m)
1.  Australia Green  35.95 (Heather MAY Eliza BENNETT) defeated
2.  New Zealand  37.14 (Olivia KING Tyla GREEN)

You can follow the Championships on the following link
http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2018/OTC/program.html
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Re: 2019 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 03:24:04 AM »
Eliza again in the Medals:
Eliza Bennett back on the podium on day 2 of the Oceania Track Championship winning Silver in the 500m TT, only 0.26 from the winner Heather May who rode 26.56 seconds.

Event 34: Women Junior 500m Time Trial Final - 2 Laps 250m - Result
1. Heather May 36.567   
2. Eliza Bennett  36.835
3. Tia Slama 38.275

More good news with Eliza Bennett winning her heat in the Women Junior Kierin with the top 3 to A-Final and the Rest to B-Final

Event 44b: Women Junior Kierin Round 1 Heat 2 - 6 Laps
1. Eliza Bennett
2. Tia Slama   
3. Elizabeth Nuspan

Eather on Podium:
Also impressive effort by Western Division Road Champion Kurt Eather picking up a silver medal in the u19 Mens Madison

Event 19: Men Junior Madison - 100 Laps 25km - Result
1. FRISLE/BLEDDYN  40 Pts
2. EATHER/BRITTEN   29pts
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