Cyclists remain on track for nationals

CYCLING

Illawarra Cycle Club is confident of netting a good haul of medals when the National Masters Track Cycling Championship kicks off at the DISC velodrome in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The club will look to replicate its recent success at the state titles when it claimed 20 medals.

Gary Mandy, who set a national record in collecting gold at the masters six time trial at the state titles, fellow gold medallist Matthew Mooney and bronze medallist Karen Thornton will target the sprint events.

State silver medallists Deb Coulls and Kirsten Bennett specialise in the pursuit and are expected to fare well while all-rounder Keith Bennett will be in the hunt across the board.

2013 state and national medallist Catt Hooton will also take to the track after he missed the state championship with injury.

He will contest sprints, pursuits, scratch, points, team sprint and pursuits, and time trials over the four-day event.

The club will also look to build on the success of last weekend's NSW Masters Team Pursuit Championship where they took gold in the male and female events.

The men's team - Scott Butler, Mark Jewell, Paul Oysten and Simon Kersten - recorded the fourth fastest masters teams pursuit of all time on the way to gold in the 3000m race.

The quartet (3.21.313) beat the Bicisport One team of Jayson Austin, Daniel Hennessy, Matthew Glanville and Richard Mcardle.

The women's team of Kirsten Bennett, Jules Verheyen, Deborah Coulls and Catherine Hooton also won gold ahead of the Lidcombe Auburn Six team of Donna Meehan, Rebecca Frater, Kim Stokeld and Melanie Reiter.

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