THERE’S no rest for the Bathurst Cycling Club’s track members who are gearing up for this Saturday’s Sydney Cup On Wheels at Dunc Gray Velodrome.
The Sydney Cup On Wheels is one of the state’s largest track cycling events on the calendar, bringing riders from under 11s through to the elite level together for a packed program of racing.
Bathurst juniors Eliza Bennett, Cadel Lovett, Tyler Puzicha, Ebony and Kalinda Robinson and Luke Tuckwell are on the entry list, representing under 13s to 19s.
Masters riders Marian Renshaw and Glen Carter are also representing Bathurst as masters entries.
Men’s masters S5 rider Carter is excited to get back on the Dunc Gray boards and experience the atmosphere at the Sydney track.
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His experience at the venue has normally been watching son Harry compete at both state and national level but now he’s back on two wheels himself.
“I haven’t been on the boards since Harry was 12, so we’re probably talking 11 years. I went down yesterday to have a go.
“I thought I’d enter in the Sydney Cup On Wheels, with there being a master’s state title on as well, plus tempo and keirin championships.
“It felt quite different yesterday. I haven’t been on those boards for quite a while. Was about getting my balance and keeping that nervous energy under wraps.”
The day’s racing will be broken up into junior, masters and senior carnivals.
It’s going to be great for our juniors, who have been riding so well.Glen Carter
Scratch and elimination races highlight the junior carnival, which starts the day at 1pm.
Keirin, tempo and handicap racing gives the masters plenty of racing opportunities through their section of the day while the open wheelraces highlight the senior carnival during the evening.
Carter said it’s exciting simply to be a part of an event featuring so many Bathurst participants.
“I just want to go down and support track racing,” he said.
“It’s a great carnival and it’s going to be great for our juniors who have been riding so well.”
Junior racing will start from 2pm following a one-hour warm-up.