RICHMOND 16-year-old Cuan Van Staden picked up the biggest win of his career when he won the Derrico Cycles 2000 metre Wheel Race at yesterday’s Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania Carnival at West Park.
Coming from mid-field, with a handicap of 190m, Cuan won in a photo finish, defeating Michael Astell and the fast-finishing Andrew Hinkley.
“I’ve just come up from under 17s, so it’s my first year in seniors, so I guess it is the biggest race I’ve won,” Cuan said.
“But I hope to continue to progress and do more as the season goes on.”
It was an unexpected win for Cuan.
“I wasn’t planning on winning,” he said.
“I just stuck on the wheel of one of the Revive guys for two laps and I felt really good and just went for it.”
In the Phil Maney Pies 2000m Women’s Wheel Race, Hobart veteran Jannelle Smith won a gritty affair in a small field.
Smith was able to maintain a strong tempo throughout the race, after beginning mid-field with a handicap of 160m.
Backmarkers Courtney Dean and Rowena Badcock, off a handicap 80m, worked together to try to track down Smith, but couldn’t quite get there.
Smith finished first by a handy margin, followed by Jessica Beamish, and Dean in third place.
“I really had no idea what I was going to do, I was actually going to wait for the girls at the back,” she said.
“But after a bit of advice from by pusher saying just go for it, I did.
“I just thought, I find myself to be a stronger rider, so as long as the momentum stays the same, I’ll keep going.
“If it’s on and off all the time, I’ll lose it.”
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