TOP young Goulburn cyclist Mark Gibson rounded out a fantastic Track Power program on Saturday night with his exciting “catch me if you can” ride to win the A-Grade Mens Scratch event.
“Gibbo” managed to hold off arguably the best young Australian cycling talent seen in years, Jack Edwards, to salute in front of hundreds of home fans.
He held a cheeky 40 or 50 metre lead right to the bell when the others decided to try and ride him down in the final lap and a half.
This made for a really spectacular finish to the program, with Gibson having just enough left in the tank to hold out the fast finishing Edwards in second place, with Tom Clark third.
First year U/19 rider Edwards (Penrith CC), fresh from a massive medal haul at the national track championships a few weeks ago, earlier sizzled around Seiffert Oval to win the Goulburn 150th Anniversary Wheel Race from scratch.
Goulburn rider Adam Kiss came home strongly for a brilliant second in one of the classiest fields seen in years.
Harrison Carter ended up third, with Edward Hoffman fourth and in fifth spot on the podium Bradley Heap.
Across all divisions, from nationalclass juniors right through to masters, Track Power 2013 was a real crowd pleaser.
In the Neville Smith Memorial Roller Derby the two finalists, Max Housden from Wagga Wagga, and Tom Clark from Canberra, could not be separated by a photo finish.
Event sponsor Carol Smith decided instead of splitting the prize money to award This was warmly received, not only by the two competitors, but by the many stalwarts of the cycling fraternity who remembered Neville Smith’s contribution to cycling, particularly at the Goulburn carnivals.
The Atkinson and Stalker Women’s Wheel Race winner was Josie Talbot in a tight contest with Kelsey Robson from Western Australia second, Renee Covington third, Emma Wensing fourth and rounding out the prize money winners Jasmine Arnold.
Among the other local winners were Adam Lambert in the Masters B Grade Scratch Race and Tassie Davies who won the Under 13 Girls Heart Starter and scratch race.