Double trouble for the competition as Tuckers hit Melbourne
ROCKHAMPTON Cycling Club's Brooke and Lara Tucker have stamped their class on round two of the National Junior Track Series (NJTS) at the DISC Velodrome in Melbourne on the weekend.
Brooke has dominated the 2015 series, sweeping all before her in round 1 in Sydney and repeating the dose down south over the weekend. The Junior World Track Championship silver medallist now has a clear lead in the NJTS of 84 points.
Her nearest rival, Chloe Moran (a team mate from the World Championships) is a distant 24 points. And also on 24 points, in third place, is Brooke's sister Lara.
It is an amazing achievement for Lara to be placed third after just one round of the NJTS, as she missed the first round in Sydney because of a rib injury.
But most remarkable was Brooke's efforts outside of the NJTS. On Saturday night, after a full day of racing she took part in the Open Women's Keirin as part of the Madison of Melbourne track cycling meet.
And she won.
Brooke will never say it herself, but this shows Brooke Tucker, at just 17, is a world class track cyclist and one of the best elite senior female track sprinters in Australia.
"There were some very strong riders in the Open Keirin and some girls from Malaysia," Brooke said of her effort.
"It was high level competition and it was a real confidence boost winning that. Tactically, I rode pretty smart. Plus after racing all day at the NJTS I was happy to win."
Track cycling success is built on tactics and this is what the NJTS is all about. Providing elite cycling competition for Australia's best young track cyclists to learn their craft.
And after three years of NJTS competition, Brooke agrees it has helped her riding.
"That was my last ever NJTS meet," Brooke said.
"I won't be riding in round 4 in Launceston or round 5 in Adelaide as I will be competing back in Queensland. I'm a bit sad it's my last. That is where I have learned tactics and how to ride bunch races."
Lara won't be competing in the last two rounds of the NJTS either, but at 16, she has next year to look forward to.
"I didn't ride in Sydney and it was very tough competition down in Melbourne so I'm pretty happy," Lara said.
"Day one of racing I was fresh and riding well."
And it was teamwork between the two which saw Lara beat her older sister in the Win & Out. It was Tucker first and Tucker second, but not in the usual order.
"We worked together there," Lara confided.
"It is the first rider across the line wins.
"In the final, Brooke stayed back and held the field up so I could get away."
National Junior Track Series Rd. 2
Win & Out