International Track Cycling Returns To Melbourne?s Hisense Arena

Austral Media Release at Hisense Arena 25/11/14 International track cycling will return to Melbourne?s Hisense Arena this December, with an action packed pre-Christmas carnival set to feature no less than twenty world champions. The 117th edition of the Austral Wheelrace and the Australian Madison Championships will be the headline acts on December 20, in addition to a host of UCI Category 1 Level sprint events. At the official launch held at Hisense Arena, the Victorian Minister for Sport Damian Drum also announced a four-year injection of funds into the carnival.? “Its amazing to bring this event back to Hisense Arena,” The Hon Damian Drum said at Tuesday?s launch of the world-class venue that has seen sell out crowds at two World Championships (2004 /2012) and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. “Our government and society have so much to gain from our relationships with cycling. The more people we can get on our bikes, the better it is for a whole range of reasons.” 2014 Austral Wheel Race Media Launch Photo Gallery Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green welcomed the event?s return to the Olympic precinct of Melbourne, which also signifies the start of the summer of cycling in the region. “It is fantastic to have the Victorian Government & Department of Sport and Recreation support this event for the next four years at Hisense Arena,? Green said. “It’s all happening in Victoria – this state has a wonderful array of cycling events, starting with the Austral and then the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, Mars Road Nationals, Cadel Evans Road Race, and Jayco Herald Sun Tour.” Similarly, Cycling Victoria is looking forward to seeing Hisense Arena back in action after a brief hiatus. “We would like to acknowledge the support of the TAC and Victorian Government and the Olympic Park trust in facilitating this opportunity to return to such a great venue,? said Cycling Victoria CEO Kipp Kaufmann. ?We?re very excited to be back at Hisense with around twenty world champions set to light up the track, and we look forward to having a huge crowd here to enjoy the night on December 20.? 117th Austral Wheelrace The oldest track cycling event in the world, the Austral Wheelrace was first held at the MCG in 1887 and most recently at the Darebin International Sports Centre Velodrome in Thornbury. The Austral is a handicap race contested over 2000m – eight laps of Hisense Arena?s 250m velodrome. Riders are given handicap start positions between ?scratch? (0m mark) and up to 240m to their less experienced competitors. While the Men?s Austral will be held for the 117th time, it is only the fifth edition of the Women?s Austral. 120 starters are expected to compete in the Austral (entries close Dec 14), with the first three finishers in each of the six heats qualifying for the prestigious Austral Final. 2014 National Madison Championships A world-class field of riders has been assembled for the Madison Championships, with the men?s field headlined by two-time world champions Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard. They will come up against a number of formidable combinations including South Australians Glenn O’Shea and Jack Bobridge, Alex Edmondson and Miles Scotson, plus Western Australia?s Sam Welsford and Scott Sunderland. The women’s field boasts 14 teams with South Australia?s Annette Edmondson and Jessica Mundy set to defend their title after claiming the inaugural event in 2014. The field also includes two strong Tasmanian pairings of Macey Stewart and Lauren Perry, plus Amy Cure and Georgia Baker, with New South Wales? Ashlee Ankudinoff and Imogen Jelbart set to challenge. Category 1 Sprint events UCI Category 1 Level sprint and keirin events for both men and women will also be contested as part of the Carnival. Australia?s finest sprinters are all expected to be in action, in addition to riders from New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. A full line up of riders to contest the sprint events will be announced closer to the event. More Information

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