Stars to head field for velodrome meet |PICTURES

A FORMER Olympian and a road race champion are among the headline acts at the biggest track cycling race on the Border tomorrow night.

The Pearsall Street velodrome will play host to the Lavington track cycling carnival for the fourth year.

More than 60 riders are already entered with the night’s highlight the Flutterby Foundation senior wheelrace, a 2000 metre, eight-lap handicap for allcomers.

Organiser Brendan Washington said it was the biggest field since the carnival returned.

“We have junior and senior cyclists from Wagga, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Bendigo and Melbourne entered,” he said.

“Riders the calibre of Peter Treloar from Wagga — who won a maddison at a track event in his hometown this week, Alan Bolton from Melbourne and former Olympian time trial specialist Steven Fairless of Shepparton will headline the senior field.

“Relative track cycling newcomer Jonothan Styles will be the one to watch for the locals after an impressive winter of track cycling winning several events in Melbourne over the past six months.

“Styles has improved his times dramatically and would no doubt be the most improved Border-based rider this year and will take it up to the visitors.”

Washington said a former Border cyclist now racing internationally was the headline act in the women.

“All eyes will be on Beth Duryea from Bendigo who is the Victorian open road race champion and holder of several Victorian open track titles.

“Originally from Corowa, Beth spends most of her year cycling overseas while working as a physiotherapist and director with professional team, Specialized Lululemon.

“Local professional cyclist and Australian representative, Taryn Heather will also ride at the carnival using it as part of her preparation prior to the Australian national road championships next month before heading off to Switzerland to join her professional team, Bigla.”

The feature events also include the Peter Benton Memorial junior wheelrace for under-15 riders and Bill Washington Memorial senior scratch race.

The night is a fundraiser event for both the Flutterby Foundation and Carevan Albury Wodonga with gold coin entry for a racing program from 5pm to 9pm.

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