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by Mark Zalewski
December 8, 2016
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Melbourne is set to host four days of velodrome racing this weekend for the Oceania Track Cycling Championships, with powerhouses Australia and New Zealand set to go head-to-head.
The Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) Velodrome.
For many of the racers the event is the first since the Rio Olympics in August, while for others it comes after the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup in November. The event’s placement on the calendar can be of strategic importance for riders’ overall season programmes.
“Oceanias at the best of times are one of the most important races of the season, with the new World Championships qualifying systems it is now more important than ever,” said Caitlin Ward, Australia’s 500m time trial national champion. “For me, it is a chance to race. By no means have I had an easy lead in and I have no idea of how my foot will hold up or if it will restrict me.
“All I know is that I am excited to be able to compete again, it has been a very long time. But this time, it has been a different focus – very much concentrated on my ability to come into a race in unfamiliar territory. As usual, everyone is out there fighting for gold – I’m just out there fighting to overcome a challenging couple of weeks too.”
In addition to larger season goals, the usual rivalry between Australia and New Zealand will likely produce some heated competition.
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