Scott Upsets, Cure Dominates at Ulverstone Crit
Teenager Cam Scott has upset a star-studded field to claim the biggest road race of his career in the Fulton Hogan Criterium Cup series at Ulverstone’s Bicentennial Park. While Tasmanian sensation Amy Cure put on a cycling clinic to destroy her rivals in the women's race.
Scott, who celebrates his 20th birthday on January 4, is more noted as a track rider but he displayed superior sprinting and tenacity to clinch victory in the 30-lap, 33km race sponsored by the Goodstone Group.
The Sydney lad had only half-a-wheel to spare over another NSW rider, Nick Yallouris, with Stephen Hall third and last year’s winner Sam Welsford fourth.
Scott, runner-up in the junior world sprint championships in 2015 and last year, was runner-up with 19 points in the Scody sprint series behind Hall (22 points). Despite he and Hall being joined by a powerful group of eight other riders with four laps to race, he showed outstanding composure and grit to out-sprint his rivals to win the first of the three races in the Fulton Hogan Criterium Cup series.
“I will have to look at trying to win the Cup now,” he said as he looked ahead to events at Devonport on Friday and Burnie on New Year’s Eve.
The Ulverstone race, hosted by the Central Coast Council, followed Scott’s victory last weekend at St Kilda in Victoria.
“This is definitely right up there as a win for me because I haven’t won many criteriums.
“It is especially pleasing because this is great preparation for the national championships in a couple of weeks.”
Scott, who has been riding since he was involved with under 9s competitions, rode the 33km in 44 minutes,
27 seconds and defeated some of the most seasoned and well-credentialed criterium riders on the circuit.
His teammate and last year’s Fulton Hogan Criterium Cup champion Sam Welsford finished fourth.
“Sam was happy for me to go for it as he wasn’t feeling as good as me over the last lap.”
Included in his wake were champion Tasmanian cyclist and 2015 Cup winner William Clarke (10th), Olympian Scott Bowden (6th), German Christian Grasmann (9th) who won the Criterium Cup series in 2013 and 2014, as well as the unplaced dual national criterium champion Steele Von Hoff.
Among his casualties were riders from seven other nations, including Germany, England, Austria, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Scott said he was developing a love affair with Tasmania, this being his third year at the Carnival.
“Every year it gets better and better. I can’t wait for the track races after this win. It makes for a good Boxing Day and an early birthday present.”
Australia’s world champion female cyclist Amy Cure stunned rivals and officials when she lapped the field to salute in devastating style in the women’s criterium.
The 24-year-old multiple world champion lapped her rivals who had three of the 18 laps remaining in an effort that officials believed to be unprecedented in criterium racing.
“I tried a breakaway and then suddenly found myself out there by myself. It was a tougher ride than I had planned,” the Tasmanian said.
She collected the sprint title and gave an ominous warning to rivals aiming to stop her from winning the Tasmanian Hotel & Catering Supplies Cup over three races.
However, Cure said, she wasn’t likely to succeed with similar breakaway tactics in the next race at Devonport.
“I will be trying to win but I am sure the other girls will be on to (that tactic) now.”
Cure, who said she was thrilled with so much support, including from fiancé Anthony Powell, sisters Sarah and Rebecca, parents, grandparents and other family, said she was shaping well for the Commonwealth Games early next year.
“This carnival is a solid block of work and I’m pleased with how everything is going right now,” she said.
A major disappointment in the race was the fall of Macey Stewart, who injured a hip after flying over the handlebars following a chain mishap.
Cure defeated Queensland late entry Laurelea Moss (celebrating her 39th birthday) and South Australian Maeve Moroney-Plouffe.
Adam Hartley from Burnie out-sprinted another Tasmanian Andrew Margison to win the SeaRoad Masters criterium over 19.8km.
The pair broke clear with half way through the 18 laps of the 1.1km circuit, with Hartley winning by 3 seconds, with Holland’s Keon Polder a distant 53 seconds arrears in third.