Hall shows off his class

WA rider wins the points score

NewsMail - - SPORT - Shane Jones shane.jones@news-mail.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN120118CYCLING5

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.

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