Paras power in pursuits at TrackNats

An unofficial world record to Emily Petricola (subject to ratification) and two national records highlighted the pursuit action on day two of the 2019 Para-cycling Track National Championships in Melbourne.  Results

2019 Para-cycling National Champions  


Women’s Individual Pursuit

  • C1 Kaitlyn Schurmann (VIC)
  • C2 Amanda Reid (NSW)
  • C3 Paige Greco (SA)
  • C5 Bronwyn Dolman (SA)

Men’s Individual Pursuit

  • C1 Darcy Thompson (SA)
  • C2 Darren Hicks (SA)
  • C3 David Nicholas (QLD)
  • C4 Kyle Bridgwood (QLD)
  • C5 Alistair Donohoe (VIC)

Tandem Pursuit

  • Women’s Rachel Henderson (SA) & Pilot Isabella Dashorst (SA)

Tandem Sprint

  • Men’s TBC
  • Women’s TBC

Pursuit Recaps

During her Australian Team debut at the 2018 Para Track World Championships in March, Victoria’s Emily Petricola shocked the para-cycling world when she broke the pursuit world record in qualifying.

In Melbourne on Friday, Petricola unofficially bettered her existing mark of 3mins 54.501secs by almost three seconds with a time of 3mins 51.973secs (subject to ratification) which also netted the gold medal.

“My goal today was to go out and manage myself throughout a ride, I tend to get a bit excited on race day, so I wanted to control myself today,” said Petricola, who added to her time trial gold won on Thursday.  “Meg (Lemon) got off to a flyer in the final, and I could hear the commentators saying she was up. But I thought to myself ‘trust my coach Shane (Kelly), watch him.

“And with four laps to go, I thought let’s have a crack and see what happens.”

Petricola now awaits the selection announcement for the Australian team for the 2019 UCI Para Track World Championships which will be made in January.

“(If I am selected) I want to try to get the gold this time and manage myself better through qualifying and into the final. I have good people guiding me through it, hopefully, I can do what they tell me to do so I can walk away with gold this time.

In the men’s C2 event, Darren Hicks (SA) smashed his own national record by twelve seconds and went within two seconds of the world record set at altitude in the final.  

Hicks caught Gordon Allan (NSW), who edged Hicks for time trial gold on Thursday, inside the final few laps of the race before riding away to post the new mark of 3mins 42.155secs.

“Really happy with the ride, it was a nice personal best, we have been working a fair bit on the individual pursuit of late so it is nice to see it pay off today,” said Hicks, who claimed medals at both the Road (road race) and Track (scratch race) World Championships in 2018.

“To be honest, I never really targeted the IP, my focus has always been the road time trial and race, but with a few changes at training recently, we have found some gains we weren’t really expecting in such a short period of time.

“So it seems the IP is back in the mix now, its great!”

A day after setting a national record in the time trial, Amanda Reid (NSW) took gold in the women’s C2 final.  The Sydney cyclist went hard from the gate in the final and caught newcomer Annaliese Hodge (VIC) inside the first three laps to take the win.

“I am so happy with my two days here, particularly my time trial as that was the first time since the Paralympics in Rio that I have ridden a PB,” said Reid, who claimed the 2017 pursuit world crown.

“I think I put that down to realising over the last six months what I need to do, I have knuckled down so to speak and worked really hard.”

Reigning Paralympic and world champion David Nicholas (QLD) claimed gold in the men’s C3 final, while South Australia’s Paige Greco claimed her second gold and national record (4:06.636) in as many days in the women’s C3 final.

The men’s C4 final was won by Kyle Bridwgood (QLD), with Alistair Donohoe (VIC) sealing another title in the C5 event.

Kaitlyn Schurmann (VIC-C1), Bronwyn Dolman (SA-C5) and Darcy Thompson (SA-C1) claimed gold in their respective events.

Rachel Henderson (SA) & Pilot Isabella Dashorst (SA) won the women’s Tandem in a time of 3mins 45.451secs

2020 Championships

Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the 2020 Para-cycling Track National Championships will be held in Brisbane on 2-3 November 2019.