The Anna Meares Velodrome was officially christened last night with the first of four days of Track Nationals commencing for 2017. National records tumbled and new champions were crowned, with many athletes and institites undergoing a coming of age into a new era of cycling in Australia.
With the velodromes namesake no longer a racing cyclist, the Women’s Team Sprint was the first in as many years to be Meares-less yet still belonged to a string contingent of South Australian ladies. Holly Takos, Rikki Belder and Stephanie Morton took out the elite title and take the green and gold jersey home to Adelaide once again.
Additionally for the South Australians, the Men’s Team Sprint also belonged to the powerhouse sports institute as Patrick Constable, Matt Glaetzer and Ben Scholl defended their title in 44.537 seconds. The U19 title went to Western Australia, defeating New South Wales in 46.294 seconds.
In the endurance racing, reformed roadie Cameron Meyer lead Western Australia to Team Pursuit victory and, subsequently, ended a seven-year stronghold of the event that belonged to SA. Reigning world champion Sam Welsford, Michael Freiberg and Stephen Hall posted a new Australian Record of 3 minutes 55.988 seconds. However, WA did not dominate the event with the lead changing several times during the contest.
A fresh faced South Australian side successfully raced to victory in the Women’s Team Pursuit to retain the title claimed in 2016. Chloe Moran, Alex Manly, Danielle McKinnirey and Breanna Hargrave lined up against Victoria in the event, taking out the title in 4 minutes 30.928 seconds.
Day two of the event continues in Queensland today.
Images C/O Cycling Australia Twitter & John Veage