Tansley takes out Cup on Wheels
SOUTH Australia’s George Tansley was given a second chance to steal the 2010 CQUniversity Rockhampton Cup on Wheels from under the locals after a brutal crash that forced a restart.
The 1600-metre wheelrace was the biggest event on Saturday night at the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome and the 23 cyclists were travelling at their fastest speeds and taking all the risks to claim the race.
But about halfway through the high-speed chase Tony Mills clipped his wheel and crashed to the ground, which later put him in hospital with a broken collarbone and broken ribs.
About 40 minutes after the accident the cyclists took their marks again.
But this time it would be a different story with all the front markers “burnt out” and unlikely to maintain their previous speeds – it was now the back markers that had the advantage.
Central Districts Cycling Club’s George Tansley, who started off a 145-metre handicap, kept his speed at the front of the pack and spared no time to push past some of Rockhampton’s top cyclists – Josh Edwards and Joel Callaghan.
The Rocky boys were left behind with the three-speed machines – Tansley, Jake Tucker and Luke Sherwood – out the front to battle out the title.
The final 100 metres of the last lap proved to be the one that made the difference with Tansley making the move past Tucker to claim first place.
Tansley paraded the track with the thrill of the win and an extra $3000 to his name.
Although Rockhampton didn’t make the top three, much-loved “Silver Fox” Ron Hickson claimed fifth place for his adoring fan club.
But the action of the night didn’t soon wear off, with the Rockhampton riders geared up to regain the authority on their home turf.
The 60-lap Madison race was the first chance the boys had to score a win and yet again it was battled out with three teams out the front.
Rockhampton’s Miles Olman and Nicholas Sanderson persisted through the long race and ended the men’s racing for the carnival in Rockhampton’s winning hands.
But the locals didn’t stop Cameron Jennings and Malcolm Rudolph pushing through in second place in front of Casey Munro and Rockhampton’s Glen Chadwick.