Elite skipping into new event
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.
Ocker Henning, Jason Ford, Ben Brodrick and Elliot Mckean racing at Skippy Park.
Jonathon Curry (left) and Robert Marcucci.