Huge medal haul at titles

Jack Wisbey, coach Keith Gibbons, Amalia Evans, Cooper Jacobs, Quenby Schmitz, Ashlyn Evans, Dylan Stanton, Riegan Stanton, Will Thompson, Jett Taylor, Ben Kade.
Jack Wisbey, coach Keith Gibbons, Amalia Evans, Cooper Jacobs, Quenby Schmitz, Ashlyn Evans, Dylan Stanton, Riegan Stanton, Will Thompson, Jett Taylor, Ben Kade.

Whyalla Cycling Club took home 22 medals from State Track Titles at the Adelaide Super Drome in December.

With 80 competitors from South Australia, Victoria and Northern Territory, it was predicted to be competitive and it was with many personal bests achieved.

The Whyalla team comprised 10 riders including four riders as first timers, being coached by respected and experienced cycling veteran Keith Gibbons. He stated he was most proud of the massive effort of the Whyalla riders over the long three days and thanked the terrific support from all the families and friends, who cheered plenty from the stands making the Whyalla riders push even harder. 

Dylan Stanton U15 men’s, gained six medals from seven events. He showed great speed and stamina with personal bests in most events. His results included, Gold 500m time trial, Gold Men Team sprint, Silver 2000m Individual Pursuit, Silver Scratch Race (20 laps), Silver Sprint and Silver in Team Pursuit Final.

Jack Wisbey U15 men’s, first timer on Super Drome track, rode very well winning Silver in the team pursuit final. He rode off for bronze in two events to just miss out with strong fourth placings. He had a solid fall on the track Saturday but showed courage to race again on Sunday.

Ashlyn Evans U13 girls, winning four medals, did a terrific job being first time on that track and gave her best all weekend. Her medals include, Bronze 500m time trial, Silver sprints, Silver Points Race, Bronze Scratch race (12 laps).

Riegan Stanton U13 girls, won three medals and had some great results with medals and putting in gutsy effort all weekend was a bit unlucky not to get a silver.

Her results include, Bronze 1500m individual pursuit, Bronze points race and Bronze sprints.

Ben Kade U11 boys, won four medals brilliant effort for first timer at this track, he rode superb in all his events with good battles and showing determination at all times. His results include, Gold 250m Time trial, Silver scratch race (10 laps), Bronze points race and Bronze in 1000m individual pursuit.

Will Thompson  U11 boys, won two medals another first timer racing with good speed showing his ‘will’ power and determination. He won Silver in 250m Time trial and Bronze Scratch race (10 laps)

Jett Taylor U11 boys, also a first timer on Super Drome rode well all weekend and not far out of the placings with personal bests in most events. He hadn’t been well all week and rode excellent an scratch race Sunday.

Quenby Schmitz U15 women, winning Gold in team sprint final, top effort. She rode very well in every race with tough performances and tactical riding for her first year under 15, she made the older girls really work hard. She was unlucky not to ride for a medal in individual pursuit.

Amalia Evans, U17 women, rode very tactical races as always and gave herself every chance in races this being her last state titles as a junior. She shared with the younger riders from Whyalla lots of racing tactics and gave them praise and support. She won Bronze in the 3000m team pursuit final.

Cooper Jacobs, U17 men’s, rode excellent in every event finishing mid field in most races in the strong under 17’s with fields of up to 20 riders. He rode personal bests in individual pursuit, time trial and flying 200m.

Velodrome racing has resumed on Friday nights starting at 6.30pm. No racing on the January 19 due to Bupa Challenge in Adelaide. Advanced notice of Velodrome Track Carnival on February 10 and the Junior State Criterium Championship on February 11 around City Plaza street circuit.  

           - CAROLYN RONAN