BMX gives rise to track sprint stars



CENTRAL Queensland track sprint cyclists Kerrie Meares and Chloe Macpherson have more in common than just teaming up in the elite women's team sprint at the national championships in Adelaide today.

Meares, of the Rockhampton Cycling Club, and Mackay's Macpherson both hail from BMX backgrounds.

It was the dirt track where Meares started her cycling passion while Macpherson went onto win six world BMX titles before making fast impressions on the track.

Meares said BMX had a lot of bases that could help with track cycling, especially for sprinters.

"You learn tactics and get a sprint and power base,'' Meares said.

In yesterday's racing Rockhampton's Miles Olman missed out on the elite men's 4000m individual pursuit final placing fifth in qualifying, with the top four progressing.

Rockhampton's Anouska Edwards also missed a top-four placing in her 3000m individual pursuit, placing sixth in qualifying.

In the under-19 men's sprints, Rockhampton's Jeremy Hogg got through to the quarter-final which will be held tonight.



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