Tuesday night marked the return of track cycling to the Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility.
Following a successful winter of road and criterium racing it was the turn of the track bikes to get some use.
A full field of four senior grades and three junior grades took to the track with the fast paced action testing the lungs of some riders.
The always quality A Grade field had some of the nation's best riders go head to head.
It was NSW Institute of Sport riders Kurt Eather and Danny Barber who shared ultimate honours with two wins each while fellow NSWIS rider Dylan Eather was never far away. Old timer Tim Hines kept these three on their toes. Hines has had a disrupted winter and took to the track with less preparation than the younger three but his experience and endurance nearly caught them napping on several occasions and he will only get stronger as the season goes on.
B Grade had club coach Vaughn Eather take to the track against many of his proteges.
The strong female riders Emily Williams, Haylee Fuller and rising star Isabelle Russell tried to teach the coach a few lessons of their own. The under 15 rider Isabelle Russell is fast developing into the rider to watch in her age group nationally. In the recent National Track Challenge Russell finished with the fastest individual pursuit time in the country. This saw club handicappers respond by placing her off the back mark in her handicap races.
C Grade was the biggest field of the night. Podium spots were shared between Zac Fuller, Ben O'Brien, and Heather Maleham. However, it was Tom Williamson who was consistently at the front of the bunch taking lines honours in two of the four events.
Youngsters Emily Hines and Jess Fuller took on some more experienced campaigners in D Grade. The young pair shared victories and kept the older riders on their toes. This grade will see some more riders returning over future weeks and provides the perfect environment for those new to track racing to get involved.
The junior events provided opportunities for youngsters on their regular bikes from home to take to the track and race while the older juniors were able to transition to track bikes and get in some good racing of their own.
Dubbo Cycle Club has track specific bikes available for season use and coaches will assist getting riders ready to ride on the 400m track. Potential riders should make them selves known on Tuesday evening track racing or Thursday night track training.
The club wishes good luck to some of the more competitive riders who will be away this weekend taking on the NSW Junior Road titles at Wagga and the Elite Criterium Championships in Sydney.
They will be hoping to emulate the results of star cyclist Simone Grounds who travelled to the Hunter Region last weekend where she won the Masters Three, State Time Trial Championship. In doing so Grounds set the fastest time in any category.