Locals to dominate Cup on Wheels

CYCLING: Rockhampton’s top cyclists plan to be the dominant force at the Kenrick Tucker Cycling Velodrome tonight for one of the biggest carnivals in Queensland.

The CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels starts tonight with local cyclists expected to take to the track brimming with confidence on their home turf.

The local junior and senior cyclists don’t need any luck – they know exactly how to do it and have the medals to prove it.

Zac Deller, 16, kicked off 2009 with a broken record and a national gold medal for the 200m sprint.

And he didn’t slow down as the year progressed and capped off 2009 with four first places at the state titles in December and is in his best form to take out all of his under-19 senior events in the two day carnival.

Lindsay McMaster’s, career has been a bumpy road but after a strong road season in 2009 that lifted his fitness level, the 23-year-old unleashed his potential at the state titles in Townsville in December and took out the elite men keirin event.

Taylah Jennings may still be a junior but she has taken each competition and carnival like a professional with her recent titles at the Bundaberg carnival last weekend.

The 15-year-old won eight first places at the carnival even after a bad fall on the first night of competing.

Josh James, 20, was said to be a favourite at the Rockhampton Cup after he claimed the main race at the Townsville Cup on Wheels, which is a similar carnival.

But Josh Edwards of the Rockhampton Cycling club said that although the speed machine was expected to be the top contender in the events he will now take it slow after a bad fall at the Bundaberg carnival last weekend.

“He came off in Bundaberg and took a fair bit of skin off with him, which will slow him down this weekend. He won’t be at his best but he will be trying,” he said.

Edwards said the locals will start with a good chance to take out events such as the keirin, scratch race, lap dash and the main event of the carnival, the wheelrace.

The wheelrace is an event that combines the A, B and C grades who are then placed with handicaps over 330 metres.

“The wheel race is hard to predict because it is handicapped. There are a good group of strong riders but someone from the back of the race will probably win.”

“Rockhampton will definitely dominate the carnival – we have Jennings in the juniors and a lot of good seniors like Zac Deller.”

The carnival will start tonight at 6pm and then on Saturday at 4pm.

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