Cairns duo seize Cup on Wheels
CYCLING: It wasn’t their home track, but Cairns riders Bonnie Wheatley and Rikki Paraha teamed up to seize the 2010 CQUniversity Capricornia Cup on Wheels at the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome on Saturday night.
The girls were outnumbered by a force of about 10 Rockhampton cyclists, but the Cairns Cycling Club teenagers put to rest any prospects of a local rider winning the event when they rode at the front of the pack in the main 1600 metre wheelrace.
Bonnie Wheatley, who started off on a 40-metre handicap, charged forward and claimed the big event with her team-mate Rikki Paraha in second place.
Rockhampton’s Alex O’Dea managed to keep a consistent pace and claimed fourth place behind Gold Coast’s Julie Barnett.
But Rockhampton’s top two female riders, Philippa “Pip” Hindmarsh and Taylah Jennings, were the two backmarkers and, despite catching up to the pack, they were unable to push past them.
Although Jennings was unable to go the distance in the biggest event of the night, just as the Rockhampton men cyclists did, she went out at full tilt to claim the next race, the U17 Women 15 Lap Scratch Race.
Over the two-day carnival the speedster collected in the under-17 division the 12-lap Scratch Race, point score, elimination and the Combined 1600m Handicap.
The female field was the biggest at the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels for some years.
Townsville’s Amy Cundy will be closely watched in coming years. She charged through as the only female in the under-15 division and claimed a place in almost all her races against the boys.