Dubbo to host junior state track championships

DUBBO will be the epicentre of NSW cycling on March 9 and 10 when the city hosts the NSW Junior State Track Championships.

The Dubbo Cycle Club will also be holding its annual open track carnival on the Saturday night, with the popular event shaping up to be one of the best in recent years.

The picturesque setting and superb facilities at No.1 Oval, with its recently resurfaced 410-metre track, provides an ideal location for junior riders from across the state to contest state medals in three track disciplines.

It is a credit to Dubbo and the Dubbo Cycle Club that this event has been a mainstay in the Dubbo sporting community for a number of years, and remains a highlight in the track cycling calender. The Victoria Park track is widely regarded as one the best country tracks in Australia.

These championships will highlight the best in junior track cycling and is an event that has previously been important in the development of local champions, such as two times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Megan Dunn and recent national dual track gold medallist and Australian representative Andrew Taylor.

On the Saturday program, junior riders will compete for state medals in the individual time trial and scratch race events.

The results from the time trials determine the format of sprint derby championships, which after a well-deserved rest are held on the Sunday.

The Dubbo club has always had a strong representation of junior riders and punches well above its weight in the medal stakes in comparison to the much larger clubs from metropolitan and other large rural centres.

The open carnival provides track riders of all abilities the opportunity to compete for more than $3500 in prize money in various track disciplines.

The premier event, the open wheel race, always provides a breathtaking spectacle.

The wheel race is a handicapped event, meaning any rider who qualifies during the race program for one of the 24 spots in the final has the opportunity to take home the title.

It's an incredible spectacle that can see the likes of Dubbo's Andrew Taylor having to chase down riders that can have up to a 400m start in a 2000m race.

Despite his busy schedule, Taylor, who was recently selected in the Australian Cyclone's National Track team to attend the UCI World Championships in Belarus, looks to be a certain starter at this year's carnival.

In what will also be a highlight of the carnival, Taylor's teammates who recently won the team sprint gold medal at the National Track Championships, Mitchell Bullen and Jamie Green, will also be competing.

Bullen also won the gold medal in the elite men's sprint event at the championships and has also been rewarded with selection in the Australian team to travel to Belarus.

This provides local spectators and enthusiasts the rare opportunity to see world-class track cycling from the big three.

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