HAMILTON Cycling Club presented a hugely successful 43rd annual GMHBA Cycling Carnival, in conjunction with the 2014 South West Open Track Championships, at the Wal Smith Velodrome last weekend.
Riders from Ararat, Camperdown, Castlemaine, Horsham, Mt Gambier, Port Fairy, Stawell-Great Western, Warrnambool and the host club, Hamilton, contested a massive 95 event program over six sessions of action packed racing.
For the second year running, Warrnambool rider Sam Lane was the standout performer over the two days.
Lane won three of the four senior championships on offer, winning the newly added keirin title on Saturday before defending his pursuit and 16,000 metre titles on Sunday.
Highlight of Lane’s performances was his qualifying ride for the 4000 metre pursuit.
Port Fairy rider Nathan McLaren rode the time of 5.12:03 in the second last heat … a time good enough to win the final in previous years, only to have Lane produce the amazing time of 5.01:06 in the final heat … the quickest time ever recorded in a district championship.
Lane carried that form into the final and caught McLaren with two laps remaining.
Nathan McLaren was an unlikely winner of the sprint championship, scraping through qualifying with the eighth fastest time and then defeating defending champion Greg Hogan in the quarter finals before going on to defeat Mt Gambier’s Sean Angus, two heats to one, in the final.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 20, 2014