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#TRACKNATS MEYER AND CURE IN TACTICAL MASTER CLASS

It was a pure master-class of points racing from West Australian Cameron Meyer as his glittering return to the track continued with his second gold of the week at 2017 Cycling Australia Track National Championships, at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

Tasmania’s Amy Cure sealed the Champion of Champions Award for the rider of the week after claiming gold in the women’s scratch race for her second win of the event.

Men’s Points Race

Three-time points race world champion Cameron Meyer (WA) produced a masterpiece to claim his second gold of the 2017 Championships on his return after a seven-year absence.

Meyer, one of the most experienced points race riders in the world, delighted this crowd in a lap taking fest in the final event, lapping the field no less than four times on his way to gold.

“Very tired. That’s four days of hard racing, and to cap it off with 160 lap points race is never easy. But it’s the one I wanted to finish with, and I got it. I’ve never been Australian points race champ, so I’m really happy,” Meyer said.

“It was exciting being out there, and I’m sure there’s going to be some major highlights coming up on this track with the Commonwealth Games, and maybe some more National Championships. I’m looking forward to returning, and yeah I love it here.”

The depth in Australia’s men’s track endurance was again on show with Joshua Harrison (SA), Kelland O’Brien (VIC), Jordan Louis (NSW) and Rohan Wight (SA) among those ripping apart the bunch taking laps during the middle of the race.

With legs starting to pay the price due to the attacking race, the final 30 laps saw the bunch focus on picking up points in the sprint.

With Meyer and Harrison secure in their gold and silver medal positions ahead of the final sprint, all eyes were on the battle for bronze between Welsford and O’Brien. The speed of Welsford was too much for the Victorian as Welsford took the 10 points on the final double points sprint to seal bronze.

It continued an amazing comeback to the track for Meyer who in the past few months, has won the points race at the Glasgow World Cup, Madison National title and finished on the podium at Six Day London at the end of last year.

“Yeah, it’s been a quick comeback and I’m really pleased the way it has gone. To come away with two national titles this week and a silver medal, it really sets me up well for the World Championships coming up in a month’s time.

“I think so, we’ll try and stay on it for as long as I can,” Meyer added of his continuing track ambitions. “I’m really looking forward to what the future holds on the track.

“It was exciting being out there, and I’m sure there’s going to be some major highlights coming up on this track with the Commonwealth Games, and maybe some more National Championships. I’m looking forward to returning, and yeah I love it here.”

Women’s Scratch Race

Amy Cure (TAS) stormed to the line to claim her first scratch national title, sealing her national dominance in the bunch races.  Cure claimed the points race on Saturday, in addition, her maiden omnium crown last December.

The dual world champion was well positioned throughout the race before unleashing her trademark finishing speed to hold off a fast finishing Kristina Clonan (Queensland) with teammate Georgia Baker (TAS) completing the podium.

In a race where the bunch remained together for most of the race, a late attack with less than 10 laps to go by Alexandra Manly (SA) was the only major move of the race.

“Really excited, happy I could bring home two gold, wasn’t sure how I would go leading into this, but I have surprised myself, it has been great,” Cure said who only arrived back in Australia on Wednesday from the Los Angeles Track World Cup.

“Such an amazing track, it so fast out there, just great to come here and grab two gold medals and a silver medal.

It has been a busy three months for Cure starting at the Oceania Championships in December to the Santos Women’s Tour in January and two Track World Cups in February.

“Home now for few days to see my sister’s new baby, before heading to the Bendigo Madison, then a road team training camp in Majorca before back to Adelaide and continue final preparations (hopefully to make the team) for the World Championships,” she added of the upcoming plans.

Feature image: John Veage

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