South Australia sets sizzling pace at track nationals

06 Mar 2017

South Australia's elite and up-and-coming cyclists again drove SA to the top of the podium at the 2017 Cycling Australia Track National Championships at the new Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

SA was announced champion state for the fifth time in six years after four days of competition across 32 events.

SASI lead cycling coach Brett Aitken said it was an amazing effort from the team.

"It was just brilliant,'' he said. "It went as well as we could have expected. There were so many highlights across the board with Braden O'Shea and Cooper Sayers right up there with the best results.

"There were no events that we weren't competitive in.''

A downside to the championships was the injury sustained by champion Stephanie Morton who crashed in the keirin final on the fourth day of competition. She was admitted to hospital in Queensland but was released soon after. Stephanie was cleared of serious injury and was nursing a sore head, hip and shoulder.

Earlier in the meet Morton won the women's sprint gold medal and took out the women's team sprint gold (fifth title) with Rikki Belder (fifth title) and Holly Takos (first elite Australian title).

It was SA's sixth national title in a row in that category.

In the men's team sprint Patrick Constable made it back-to-back gold medals when he teamed with fellow Olympian Matt Glaetzer and Ben Scholl.

Braden O'Shea enjoyed a strong championship with a gold in the under 19 men's scratch race and under 19 1km time trial.

Cooper Sayers also shone with gold in the under 19 men's points race and silver behind O'Shea in the scratch race.

James Brister was another strong performer in the under-19 men's keirin with a gold medal.

Maeve Moroney-Plouffe, Brooklyn Vonderwall, Hannah Osborn and Sophie Edwards took gold in the under-19 women's pursuit after the team finished third to Alex Manly, Chloe Moran, Danielle McKinnirey and Breanna Hargrave in the women's team pursuit (defended title). Manly also won a silver medal in the women's points race, while Moroney-Plouffe also took bronze in the under-19 women's individual pursuit.

The outstanding results from the SA team should see the riders in strong contention to make Australian teams for various World Cup competitions later in 2017.

This week some of the younger SA road cyclists will line up at the Oceania Road Championships in Canberra from Thursday, March 9, to Saturday, March 11.

Breakdown of results from South Australia;

Gold:

- U/19 Team Wmns Team Pursuit

- Women's Team Pursuit

- Mens Team Sprint

- Women's Team Sprint

- U/19 Men's Keirin

- Men's Keirin

- Men's Sprint

- Women's Sprint

- U/19 Men's Scratch Race

- U/19 Men's 1km Time Trial

- U/19 Men's Pointscore

- Women 500m Time Trial

Silver:

- Women's Pointscore

- Men's Pointscore

- U/19 Men's Madison

- U/19 Men's Scratch Race

- Men's Team Pursuit

- Women Time Trial

Bronze:

- U/19 Women's Individual Pursuit

- U/19 Women's Pointscore

- U19 Women’s Sprint

National Records

- Men Sprint

- U/19 Men Sprint

- Women Sprint

- U/19 Women Team Pursuit

- U/19 Men Time Trial

- Men Team Sprint

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