VIDEO: Rocky cyclists rule the home track at Cup on Wheels
THE signature events of the 2016 CQUniversity Rocky Cup on Wheels, the Rockhampton Cup (men) and the Capricornia Cup (women) were both claimed by Rockhampton Cycling Club cyclists on the home track, the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome on Saturday night.
And both races lived up to expectations, with high octane, tactical racing resulting in exciting finishes to the two five-lap races.
In the Capricornia Cup all eyes were on Rocky's three elite women who were the back markers.
Brooke Tucker was racing from scratch, Quinn Cramer off 20 metres and two-time cup winner Lara Tucker was off 40 metres.
Up ahead, another talented Rocky cyclist, Emma Green was racing off 100 metres.
You could hear a pin drop as the gun went off.
It looked obvious the three back markers, the Tucker sisters and Cramer were working together as they increased the pace and took turns leading.
After the first lap Lara made the first and the pursuit was on in earnest.
By the second lap, with Cramer doing a lot of work out the front, the three had quickly caught the back markers.
By the third lap they passed the middle markers and with two laps to go the front markers were in reach.
In the penultimate lap, Lara was out the front and setting a blistering pace.
When the bell went for the last lap she looked the one to catch and on her way to a third successive Capricornia Cup win.
But on the last turn Brooke took the lead and as they raced up the last straight, Emma Green made a late charge up high and snuck past Lara for second place.
But it was Brooke Tucker who crossed the line the winner to claim her first Capricornia Cup.
Quinn Cramer had dropped off the back of the leading trio slightly, after ensuring the Tucker sisters caught the front markers.
Her job done beautifully, Cramer crossed for fourth.
Despite a huge effort by Rocky's Bailey Goltz, riding off scratch in the Rockhampton Cup, his late charge ran out of track and he couldn't pass the front markers.
Dustin Cramer held on to win.
2016 Rocky Cup On Wheels
1. Dustin Cramer (RTON)
2. Ron Hickson (RTON)
3. Tim Brun (MKY)
4. Kristian Everett (TVE)
1. Brooke Tucker (RTON)
2. Emma Green (RTON)
3. Lara Tucker (RTON)
4. Quinn Cramer (RTON)