Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals

Published
28/12/2017

Crowd favourites Amy Cure and Sam Welsford made it a scratchies night out in the men’s and women’s wheelraces. 
 
It was the fifth world title for the 28-year-old from Chadsford Pennsylvania who said it was special to win the historical event.
 
“Because it is a first this is very special.  I have three chopping World Titles now, and 2 sawing World Title,” King said.
 
Competing in the 275mm women’s underhand, both Beams and King were going chop for chop in the battle for the $3000 first prize to go with the title.
 
“I had a few bad hits and a few sticks and I thought I got to keep at it, I can’t listen to what is happening around me as that will distract me from the goal, just keep pushing through if you make a mistake and it worked out tonight.
 
“She (Amanda Beams) is a lovely competitor, very intense, certainly there is a little bit of a rivalry there but she is a wonderful friend and I really admire her so well done to her as well,” she said. 
 
King will join with her coach and boyfriend Laurence O’Toole on Saturday in Devonport in search of her second world title of the trip in the jack and jill saw.
 
On the timber boards of the Silverdome indoor cycling track, Western Australi’s Sam Welsford and Tasmania’s Amy Cure both won their second major titles of the week.   
 
Welsford, the dynamic young cyclist who evokes memories of the legendary Sid Paterson with his charisma and incomparable talent, will now be aiming for a clean sweep of the series wheel races after another stunning victory in record time.
 
After wins at Latrobe yesterday and Launceston tonight, he will attempt to emulate his inspiration Glen O’Shea who won all four features. Welsford has the Devonport race on Saturday and the Burnie finale on New Year’s Day to “fulfil my goal.”
 
The West Australian flashed around the 2000m in a stunning 1:59.72, the first time two minutes has been broken at the indoor stadium.
 
That topped off a superior display of cycling by the 21-year-old. He earlier won the scratch race and the heat of the wheel race. He waved his arm as he waited for the final laps to encourage the fans to become involved, and was given a rapturous ovation following each of his wins.
 
Last night followed victory in the Latrobe race which was equal fastest in the race’s 121-year history.
 
“I’m in top form and feeling confident. Anything can happen in these races and it can be a lottery, but so far everything has worked to plan,” he said.
 
Welsford rode against O’Shea, and later with him at the world championships, and declared “he is an icon down here.”
 
“I’d love to win all four features so I could ring him and say I’d matched him. I won at Latrobe and Burnie last year, and I’ve now captured the first two features here so I’m a chance.”
 
The backmakers again worked diligently together to reel in the leaders and the quality in the field rose to the top by the final lap when Welsford was forced to the front.
 
He defied the consistent Nick Yallouris and Kelland O’Brien, second and third respectively and who both broke the magical two minute barrier.
 
Welsford is shaping as a golden boy on the track for Australia at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast early next year. His SA Institute of Sport teammate Yallouris is riding so impressively that he looks a certain starter in the team pursuit, while O’Brien also is in the running for national honours as he is a tireless and selfless competitor.
 
World champion female rider Amy Cure bounced back from a fruitless day at Latrobe with victory in the women’s wheelrace.
 
The scratch marker caught the intermediate bunch quickly and took the lead entering the straight to win decisively, adding to her amazing criterium success at Ulverstone on Boxing Day when she lapped the entire field.
 
“My passion is on the track and in the velodrome, so I’m obviously really happy to come out and get the win tonight.
 
“I’m using the Tassie Christmas Carnivals as a build up to the Commonwealth Games and so I gave it everything out there.  It was a great race, everything panned out and played out to be a perfect race for me,” the Olympian said. 

Maeve Moroney-Plouffe placed second just a photo frame behind, with Bree Hargrave taking thirty. 

In what is believed to be the worlds first ever mixed madison, Sam Welsford paired up with Latrobe Wheel winner Lauren Perry to take the win and if the crowds reaction is any indication, it will be the first of many events of this kind. 

In the running, Kate Pedley held off all the men to lead from the gun to tape in the senior handicap mile from Dylan Evans.