Elite skip­ping into new event

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LANDSBOROUGH’S Skippy Park cri­terium track will come alive at the end of March when elite cy­clists line up for a new event on the Cy­cling Queens­land cal­en­dar.

The in­au­gu­ral Les­ley Thompson Memo­rial Cri­terium is be­ing hosted by the Sun­shine Coast Cy­cling Club on Sun­day, March 26. The venue for a full day of fast rac­ing will be the Skippy Park Cri­terium Track at Landsborough.

Club pres­i­dent Robert Thompson said the open event is ex­pected to at­tract elite cy­clists with a large prize pool on of­fer.

“With over $3000 in prizes up for grabs, the Les­ley Thompson Memo­rial Cri­terium is one of the rich­est one-day cy­cling events in Queens­land,” Robert said.

“The club has been want­ing to put on a high-qual­ity event and al­most 12 months of plan­ning has gone into get­ting ev­ery­thing in place.

“Our club has pro­duced some ex­tra­or­di­nary cy­cling tal­ent and we thought it was time we put out an in­vi­ta­tion for the best cy­clists to join us on the Sun­shine Coast.

“The event will fea­ture all-day rac­ing from 7am with tal­ented ju­nior and se­nior rid­ers com­ing from across south-east Queens­land.”

The club boasts a num­ber of cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing Kristina Clo­nan, Alex Martin-Wal­lace, Shara Gil­low, Daniel Fit­ter, Kaden Groves and Alas­tair Mackel­lar.

Vice pres­i­dent Me­lanie Mur­ray said the club had no hes­i­ta­tion in nam­ing the event af­ter Les­ley Thompson, Robert’s late wife.

“Les­ley was an im­por­tant and much-loved mem­ber of the club,” Me­lanie said.

“Les­ley’s pas­sions were ju­nior and women’s cy­cling – she loved go­ing to ju­nior car­ni­vals and watch­ing the tal­ented kids grow and de­velop.

“Les­ley was al­ways en­cour­ag­ing women to get on a bike and give it a go.”

Les­ley passed away in May 2016 af­ter a long fight with cancer. The club is hon­our­ing Les­ley’s legacy with the nam­ing of the Les­ley Thompson Memo­rial Cri­terium.

The fo­cus of the event will be on ju­nior and women’s rac­ing, and the fea­ture event will be the women’s A/B cri­terium who will com­pete for the Les­ley Thompson Cup.

The pur­pose-built Skippy Park cri­terium track is a flat 1.2km track, lo­cated just south of Landsborough on Old Landsborough Road. The event will re­sult in some of the most ex­cit­ing rac­ing held on the Sun­shine Coast.

The event is be­ing spon­sored by lo­cal busi­nesses – Mackel­lar Min­ing, Met­sure In­sur­ance Bro­kers and Ord Min­nett – and sup­ported by the Glass House Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club.

En­tries close on March 19 and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the Sun­shine Coast Cy­cling Club and Cy­cling Queens­land web­sites.

PHOTO: MAL KEE­BLE

Ocker Hen­ning, Ja­son Ford, Ben Bro­drick and El­liot Mckean rac­ing at Skippy Park.

PHOTO: MAL KEE­BLE

Jonathon Curry (left) and Robert Mar­cucci.

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