Cup on wheels pushes off

CYCLING: It was the first night of the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels at Kenrick Tucker Velodrome last night and the local cyclists dominated on their home turf.

The first race, Women’s 15 lap Scratch, set the fast pace for the night with Rockhampton’s Philippa “Pip” Hindmarsh who pushed through to claim first place.

The second race to hit the track was heat one of the Men’s 2000m Handicap and, although Mackay’s Mitchell Wade proved he would be one to look out for in the final, Rockhampton’s Zac Deller eased through in second place to qualify .

On the last lap Deller pushed out from a pack of 10 riders and sped past the group with little effort to secure his spot as one of the eight finalists.

Taylah Jennings was under the watchful eyes of her opponents when she rode her first race, the Women’s 12 lap Scratch race, against eight other competitors.

But they couldn’t keep her tucked away for long with Jennings putting the speed on the girls in the final laps to secure her first place spot in a powerful ride.

But Rockhampton senior riders weren’t the only ones who dominated the events.

The juniors also made their mark on the local carnival with Clayton Plane, Amy Cundy and Ryan Adair all putting their strength into action when they placed first, second and third in the Combined U/15 2 Lap Handicap.

Tonight the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome will hold the main wheelraces, the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels and the Capricornia Cup on Wheels, with the locals ready to take the spotlight once again.

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