Hall shows off his class
WA rider wins the points score
CYCLING: Stephen Hall might not have his hands on the coveted Madison trophy but he almost won everything else at the Spectacular.
The 27-year-old speedster claimed the overall points for the best elite rider over the two days of the Auswide Bank International Cycling Spectacular.
Hall claimed the scratch race and the derby race on Friday before claiming the keirin and the hot lap challenge on Saturday.
It gave him enough points to win overall ahead of American Zak Kovalcik and NSW rider Tom Bolton.
The most impressive of the wins came in the hot lap challenge as the Western Australian rode with his partner for the weekend Ben Harvey.
The duo worked together to give Hall a strong lead in to his one-lap dash.
And Hall did not disappoint as he set a time of 23.566 to beat Kovalcik.
“We didn’t get the smoothest change. Harvey was going real quick off the front and that’s where a lot of time can be made,” he said.
“I had enough speed in the end to take by 0.1 of a second with nothing.”
Hall was under pressure to land a good time after Kovalcik ignited the crowd with a solid time.
But Hall said he handled it well by not thinking about what happened around him.
“On a time trial like that, it is so quick, that you go as fast as you can,” he said.
“You hope when you cross the line you have the quickest time.”
Hall finished second in the elimination behind New Zealand rider Corbin Strong and fifth in the 100-lap madison with Harvey.
The other winner in the elite field over the weekend was Brisbane rider James Moriarty in the wheel race handicap over 2000m.
Moriarty, starting 85m from scratch, decided to attack with one lap to go after the whole field bunched together from their handicap positions.
“It’s really amazing to come away with the wheel race win,” he said.
“I heard someone behind me going ‘go James’.
“That’s why I let it go in the final corner there with one lap to go.”
“I was not so sure if I would hold on but thought it would be better than
getting rolled. I said I may as well give it a crack and it obviously paid off.”
Moriarty and Hall will now prepare for nationals in Brisbane next month.
GRIT: Western Australian Stephen Hall competes in the elite class on Friday at the Auswide Bank International Cycling Spectacular at the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome.