Track National Championships wrap up

April 18, 2023
Our 2 Vikings National Champions – Jim Veal and Bailey Macdonald.

What an incredible week at the 2023 AusCycling Junior and Masters Track National Championships!

Held over 6 days in Brisbane from 11 April to 16 April 2023, our juniors and masters hit the boards and proved that the ACT really punches above our weight.

A highlight had to be the double gold medals for both Bailey Macdonald and Jim Veal, who has coached Bailey from his very first hit out on the track. It’s amazing that they are both now winning Gold and achieving national championship results at the same events.

ACT juniors

Junior Track National Champions

Notable highlights were:

  • Georgia Gardiner (CCC) last lap effort for under 17 individual pursuit gold.
  • Luke Rogers (CCC) application and progression through his first Nats, those Kierans were amazing.
  • Sara Buerger (VCC), Chloe Pratt (CCC) and Natasha Sitsky’s (CCC) resilience and drive to hang in there and get PBs and top 10s. Chloe Pratt (CCC) for digging in as well and producing the goods when it got tough for the team.
  • Emily Watch (VCC) for hitting it out against the 2nd years and getting the silver, 
  • Our Pursuit and Sprint Bonze medals – congrats Sara B, Tash S, Emily W, Georgia, and Chloe P.
  • Bailey Macdonald (VCC) for destroying the field for the Scratch Race Gold.
  • Bailey Macdonald (VCC), Angus Withington (CCC) and Hayden Stevens (CCC) for beating Queensland in the hottest Team Sprint field ever!! 

What a team! The medal tally was:

  • 3 gold πŸ₯‡
  • 3 silver πŸ₯ˆ
  • 4 bronzeπŸ₯‰
Bailey Macdonald (VCC), Angus W (CCC) and Hayden Stevens (CCC)
  • Silver Women’s under 17 Sprint – Emily Watch (VCC)
  • Gold women’s under 17 Individual pursuit – Georgia Gardiner (CCC)
  • Gold Mens under 17 Scratch β€“ Bailey Macdonald (VCC)
  • Silver Mens under 17 Scratch β€“ Hayden Stevens (CCC)
  • Bronze Womens under 17 Team Pursuit – Georgia Gardiner (CCC), Sara Buerger (VCC), Chloe Pratt (CCC) and Natasha Sitsky (CCC)
  • Bronze Mens under 17 TT β€“ Bailey Macdonald (VCC)
  • Bronze Mens under 17 Kieran β€“ Bailey Macdonald (VCC)
  • Bronze Womens under 17 Team Sprint – Natasha Sitsky (CCC), Georgia Gardiner (CCC), Sara Buerger (VCC) and Emily Watch (VCC)
  • Silver Womens under 17 Points – Georgia Gardiner (CCC)
  • Gold Mens under 17 Team Sprint β€“ Bailey Macdonald (VCC), Hayden Stevens (CCC) and Angus Withington (CCC)

Masters Track National Champions

Well what a week our ACT Masters have had! PBs were broken races were fought the boards were on fire but most importantly National Champions were crowned.

Jim Veal

National Champion πŸ₯‡ in the M10 Time Trial!
2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M10 Individual pursuit
National Champion πŸ₯‡ in the M10 sprint

3rd πŸ₯‰ in the M10 keirin

Ryan Bates

2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M3 scratch
2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M3 Individual Pursuit
2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M3 ITT
2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M3 points race

Ross Taylor

M1-2 Scratch race with a DNF
4th in the M2 ITT
6th in the M2 Individual Pursuit
4th in the M2 keirin
3rd πŸ₯‰ in the M2 sprint

Sarah Stevens

5th in WM1-3 Scratch race
4th in the WM3 ITT
4th in the WM3 keirin
National πŸ₯‡ in the WM3 Individual Pursuit
3rd πŸ₯‰ in the WM1-4 Points race

Peta Brill

10th in WM5-7 Scratch.
4th in the WM5 keirin
5th in the WM5 sprint
6th in the WM5 ITT
5th in the WM5 Individual Pursuit
3rd πŸ₯‰ in the WM5-7 points race

Alex Schaffer

2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M1 ITT
3rd πŸ₯‰ in the M1 sprint

And a special mention to Roger Grierson (CCC):

2nd πŸ₯ˆin the M1 Individual Pursuit
2nd πŸ₯ˆ in the M1-2 Scratch
National Champion πŸ₯‡ in the M1-3 points race

Well done to all of the ACT masters on a fantastic week of racing.