Polish world champ heading for Tassie
World champion Polish track cyclist Adrian Teklinski heads an outstanding line-up of European bike riders contracted to compete at the up-coming Fulton Hogan Tasmanian Christmas Sports Carnivals.
Teklinski, 28, won the 16km scratch race at the world championships in Hong Kong in April in sensational style, launching a daring solo breakaway seven laps from home before trouncing his rivals by 200 metres.
He also won a silver medal in the scratch race at the 2016 European championships in France and a bronze in Switzerland in 2015.
Teklinski is believed to be the first Polish track cyclist to enter the carnivals and will contest the full seven-day program of events, starting with the Boxing Day twilight criterium in Ulverstone. (Criterium schedule follows).
He was recruited for Tassie by the popular German veteran Christian Grasmann, winner of the Fulton Hogan Criterium Cups in 2013-14, who will return for his fourth tilt at the carnivals in the past five years.
Top English track rider Tom Rotherham and Dutch six-day star Nick Stopler will also be in the Grasmann stable.
Rotherham won medals in the keirin, individual time trial and team sprint at the British track championships in February, while Stopler is a former Dutch points race and madison titleholder.
Rounding-off the European contingent is the six-times Austrian track and criterium champion Stefan Matzner.
The versatile Matzner’s titles include gold medals in the time trial, sprint, scratch race, madison and criterium.
Sports Carnivals’ Association of Tasmania president Mike Gunson said Teklinski’s presence would create tremendous interest, especially in the men’s rich wheelraces at Latrobe (December 27), Launceston (Dec 28), Devonport (Dec 30) and Burnie (January 1).
“It’s brilliant to see so many talented new faces among the European group,” he said. “They all have the credentials to make a huge impact on the track and in the criteriums at the carnivals.”
Mr. Gunson said he expected top-level cyclists from at least 10 countries to be represented at the carnivals, in addition to a large squad of Australian mainlanders.
“We are well down the track in our negotiations with many star-quality female and male riders and will be able to make some exciting announcements over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Mr. Gunson said he was especially looking forward to the re-shaped carnivals’ criterium series, which will be held exclusively on the North-West Coast at Ulverstone (Dec 26), Devonport (Dec 29) and Burnie (New Year’s Eve).
He said the series had received enthusiastic backing from the Central Coast, Devonport and Burnie City Councils, bolstered by great support from the Goodstone Group, SeaRoad, West Beach Cycles, Tasmanian Hotel and Catering Supplies, Derrico Cycles, Scody, Viridian Advisory, the Lucas Hotel and the carnivals’ major sponsor Fulton Hogan.
2017/2018 FULTON HOGAN TASMANIAN CHRISTMAS CARNIVALS PROGRAM;
Saturday, December 16: Rosebery Carnival
Tuesday, December 26: Ulverstone criterium festival – twilight
Wednesday, December 27: Latrobe carnival
Thursday, December 28: Launceston carnival
Friday, December 29: Devonport criterium festival – twilight
Saturday, December 30: Devonport carnival
Sunday, December 31: Burnie criterium – twilight
Monday, January 1: Burnie carnival
Sunday, January 7: Hobart Carnival
Saturday, January 20: St Helens Carnival