Track Masters ChampionshipsBy Bathurst Cycling Club - February 27 2012
Bathurst Track Cyclists rode at the Masters National Track Championships held at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney from the 22nd of February to the 26th February.
Day one saw the 500metre Time Trial with Rosemary Hastings -Bronze , Marian Renshaw - Silver , Renee Covington 5th , 1000metre TT Darryl Thorncraft- Bronze
Day two 2000metre Individual Pursuit Rosemary Hastings - Gold and in achieving this set a Australian Record time for her Masters Women 8 Category. Marian Renshaw - Silver, Renee Covington rode off in the bronze final to just miss out on the medal.
Day three saw the Sprinters take to the track with Thorncraft taking his first well earned National Bronze Medal. Hastings taking Gold in the Masters women 7,8 and 9 Division and Renshaw picking up a Silver after going down in 2 out of 3 rounds with the current World Champion in Womens Masters 6. Covington qualifying 3rd in the 200metre fly had a hard task ahead of her going into the Sprint Rounds with the current World Champion as well as 2 State Champions to take on, Renee once again just missing the bronze.
Day four saw the Team Sprints take place with Bathurst riders taking places in 4 different State Teams .Thorncraft teamed up with Ian Aitkin and Michael Popplewell both noted World Champions but just missed a ride off for Bronze. Hastings and Ali Cororan represented N.S.W with a creditable 7th Placing, Covington and Jo-anne Troutman placed a creditable 6th. Renshaw teamed up with World Champion Michelle Crawford only to have a rough start out of the gates qualifying 4th and then to reclaim 0.3 of a second in the ride off to clinch the Bronze medal.
The Scratch race events saw the pace get to quick for Thorncraft with pulling the pin at 10 laps to go. Mick Marshal contested his pet event the Points Race with some of the fastest men in the world to finish the race after doing some incredible pace making to bring his N.S.W teammates up to
the front. Hastings claiming Gold in the Scratch race and Covington and Corcoran riding a great Scratch race with two divisions lower in age both showing their agility to chase down the breaks and stay in the bunch and finish the race. Renshaw managing to finish the scratch to also receive silver.
Day 5 had the women showing their best in pursuiting ability, Hastings, Corcoran and Renshaw teaming up for N.S.W Team 2 and Covington Representing N.S.W in the elite Womens Team with 2 world and national champions. After qualifying second they had a chance to go for Gold and after a red hot pace was set early managed to defeat their rivals Qld by .008 of a second giving Covington her first Gold medal and certainly not her last in time to come.