Australian cyclists have won a staggering 72 titles over five days of racing at the 2023 Oceania Track Cycling Championships.
The 2023 edition of the trans-Tasman track rivalry ends a busy fortnight of racing on the boards of Anna Meares Velodrome for Australia’s best elite, para-cycling and under-19 trackies, who entered the Oceania event off the back of the 2023 TrackNats.
Australian stars Chloe Moran, Matthew Richardson and Kristina Clonan led the way against New Zealand, with Moran the most prolific courtesy of four championships.
The South Australian’s stellar form from TrackNats continued at Oceania’s, winning the scratch race, omnium, and defending her points race title.
Moran was also victorious in the elite women’s team pursuit, alongside Sophie Edwards, Claudia Marcks and Alli Anderson.
Richardson had never won an Oceania championship before 2023 but made sure that statistic was buried on day one in the team sprint alongside Leigh Hoffman and Nathan Hart.
The Western Australian was dominant over the next two days, winning the sprint and keirin titles to complete a flawless block of racing in Brisbane.
Clonan and Kiwi star Ellesse Andrews reignited their friendly rivalry from the get-go courtesy of a blazing elite women’s team sprint final on day one.
Molly McGill had the Australians moving with force out of the gate, allowing Clonan and Alessia McCaig to bring the sprint train home to gold in a national record time of 47.603.
Andrews had the measure of Clonan in the sprint the following day, however, the Queenslander bounced back to claim the keirin title before continuing her 500m time trial supremacy.
Australia’s para-cyclists delivered big for another year at the Oceania level, amassing 43 titles.
C5 500m time trial specialist Erin Rowell had five titles to her name at the end of competition, followed closely by Luke Taylor’s four championships in men’s C4.
Paralympic gold medallist Darren Hicks (men’s C2), Tahlia Clayton-Goodie (women’s C1), Emma Mickle (women’s C3), and tandem Jessica Gallagher and Caitlin Ward (pilot) all picked up three Oceania titles.
Australia’s under-19 contingent was also in fine form over the five days of racing, winning 14 titles.
New South Wales’ Keira Will sat on the top of the pile with three championships across the Madison, team pursuit and omnium.
Teenage powerhouse Felicity Wilson-Haffenden was also part of the winning JW19 team pursuit squad alongside Will, Lauren Bates, Nicole Duncan and Sally Carter.
Wilson-Haffenden, Will, Bates and Duncan rode the house down in the gold medal final, catching their Kiwi counterparts in 1:46.085 and riding on to a new national record time of 4:28.874.
That blazing time made it two national records for Tasmanian Wilson-Haffenden at Oceania’s after breaking her own eight-day-old JW19 individual pursuit Australian record with a time of 2:19.952.
Another stand-out performance was James Moriarty’s special win in the elite men’s individual pursuit.
The 21-year-old Brisbane product became the second Australian in history to go sub-four minutes and 10 seconds in the 4000m individual pursuit, stopping the clock at 4:09.955 to turn the tables on New Zealand’s Tom Sexton in the gold medal final.
Moriarty joins national record holder and Australian Cycling Team teammate Conor Leahy in the exclusive club.
Australian winners at 2023 Oceania Track Cycling Championships:
JW19 IP – Felicity Wilson-Haffenden (National record – 2:19.952)
JM19 IP – Noah Blannin
Elite Men TS – Matthew Richardson, Leigh Hoffman, Nathan Hart
Elite Women TP – Claudia Marcks, Sophie Edwards, Alli Anderson, Chloe Moran
Elite Men TP – Oli Bleddyn, Josh Duffy, Conor Leahy, Blake Agnoletto
JM19 Men Sprint – Noah Mason
Para Team Sprint – Erin Rowell, Gordon Allan, Michael Shippley
Para TS Tandem – Jessica Gallagher/Caitlin Ward (pilot), Beau Wootton/Byron Davies (pilot)
Elite Women TS - Molly McGill, Alessia McCaig, Kristina Clonan (National record – 47.603)
Elite Women Scratch – Chloe Moran
Elite Men Scratch – Josh Duffy
JW19 Elimination – Belinda Bailey
Para IP Women C1 - Tahlia Clayton-Goodie
Para IP Women C2 - Annaliese Hodge
Para IP Women C3 – Paige Greco
Para IP Women C4 – Alana Forster
Para IP Women C5 – Erin Rowell
Para IP Men C2 – Darren Hicks
Para IP Men C3 – David Nicholas
Para IP Men C4 – Luke Taylor
Para Tandem Pursuit Women – Candice Kennedy/Kelly Fettes (pilot)
Para Tandem Pursuit Men – Steven Kemp/Peter Spencer (pilot)
Elite Men Sprint – Matthew Richardson
JW19 Scratch – Lilyth Jones
Elite Men IP – James Moriarty
JM19 TP – Noah Blannin, Oscar Gallagher, Alex Eaves, Hayden van der Ploeg, Ben Anderson
JM19 TS – Noah Mason, Jayden Stanton-Keir, Xavier Bland
Para TT Women C1 – Kaitlyn Schurmann
Para TT Women C2 – Amanda Reid
Para TT Women C3 – Emma Mickle
Para TT Women C4 – Sharon Boyd
Para TT Women C5 – Erin Rowell
Para TT WB – Jessica Gallagher/Caitlin Ward (pilot)
Para TT MB – Beau Wootton/Byron Davies (pilot)
Para TT Men C2 – Gordon Allan
Para TT Men C3 – David Nicholas
Para TT Men C4 – Luke Taylor
Para TT Men C5 – Michael Shippley
JW19 TT – Liliya Tatarinoff
JW19 Madison – Nicole Duncan/Keira Will
Elite Women Keirin – Kristina Clonan
Elite Men Keirin – Matthew Richardson
Elite Women Omnium – Chloe Moran
Elite Men Omnium – John Carter
Para Tandem Women Sprint – Jessica Gallagher/Caitlin Ward (pilot)
Para Tandem Men Sprint – Kane Perris/Luke Zaccaria (pilot)
Para Scratch Women C1 – Tahlia Clayton-Goodie
Para Scratch Women C2 – Amanda Reid
Para Scratch Women C3 – Emma Mickle
Para Scratch Women C4 – Meg Lemon
Para Scratch Women C5 – Erin Rowell
Para Scratch Men C2 – Darren Hicks
Para Scratch Men C3 – Kyle Willis
Para Scratch Men C4 – Luke Taylor
Para Scratch Men C5 – Korey Boddington
Para Omnium Women C1 – Tahlia Clayton-Goodie
Para Omnium Women C2 – Annaliese Hodge
Para Omnium Women C3 – Emma Mickle
Para Omnium Women C4 – Meg Lemon
Para Omnium Women C5 – Erin Rowell
Para Omnium Men C2 – Darren Hicks
Para Omnium Men C3 – Gregory Walters
Para Omnium Men C4 – Luke Taylor
Para Omnium Men C5 – Korey Boddington
JW19 TP – Lauren Bates, Felicity Wilson-Haffenden, Keira Will, Nicole Duncan (National record – 4:28.874) and Sally Carter (Q)