Edwards races to World Cup



? ROCKHAMPTON cyclist Anouska Edwards has booked a start in her inaugural World Cup race and she plans to be pedalling all the way from start to finish.

Edwards will join the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) team in the 119.2km event in Geelong tomorrow, a race which has attracted 139 riders from 17 nations.

The Rockhampton Cycling Club member earned her start after an impressive debut in last week's three-day Geelong Tour where she 58th overall in the 100plus rider field.

"I didn't fall off once,'' said Edwards who flatly refused to get off her bike in any stage.

In the final stage 115km road race at least 20 riders ran their bikes up a steep 2km climb.

"There was no way I was running up there,'' Edwards said.

Edwards was more than pleased with her first appearance in the Geelong Tour, racing against a quality international field which included the eventual winner, Australia's Oenone Wood.

"I was just going there for the experience ? I learned a lot about positioning myself in the pack,'' Edwards said.

She is excited about joining the Geelong Cup field ? the first event in the worldwide series.

"Once again I'll just try to hang in there.''

The QAS's main rider will be Athens Olympics road race gold medallist, Sara Carrigan.



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