Tasmanian's Rule in Hobart Bikes and Spikes



Tasmanian athletes took all the spoils at today’s Hobart Bikes and Spikes carnival at New Town Oval.

Wheelraces were taken out by Burnie’s Jordan Matthews off 110m, with Jessie Sawyer taking the women’s race from scratch.

Teenagers won both the gift races, with Burnie’s Jack Colgrave and Launceston’s Kysha Hill taking their first series wins in major gift races.

“It’s great, it’s my first big wheel victory and even better getting it here in Tassie.

“I won the small PCCCT wheelrace a month ago and struggled through the whole carnival series, but it’s good to get the win here,” Matthews said.

While there were three international riders in the final, many of the mainland and international riders such as Sam Welsford and Kell O’Brien had moved on for the season, Matthews said it left the door open for a local to win.

“The wheelraces this year were a lot better all series. Most of the finals came down to the final lap which is really good to see,” the recently graduated university student said.

Hobart Barrister Jessie Sawyer made up for last year’s disappointment to win the women’s wheel race final.

“Last year’s track season I crashed in the criterium in Burnie and by the time Hobart rolled around I had an infection and just raced terribly. It’s been my goal to come back all season and do good on the home track,” the 30-year-old said.

Sawyer also won the St Helen’s wheel race last season and said she was looking forward to defending her title in a fortnight.

After narrowly missing the Burnie Gift final on New Year’s Day, Jack Colgrave said it was special to get his first gift win today in Hobart.

“It feels amazing. It’s my first gift win ever, so it feels pretty good.

Colgrave nailed his start in the 70m at Burnie to get the win there and declared he was running his best over the shorter distances at present.

“I think I’m better over the 100m than the 120m, after winning the 70m at Burnie I’m more confident out of the blocks,” the Marist Regional College grade 12 student said.

Similarly, the women’s gift saw a maiden gift win to Kysha Hill.

“It feels amazing, I definitely wasn’t expecting it as it’s only been a month since I got my appendix out, so it’s definitely a good win. I nearly cried,” Hill declared.

“I’ve never had a carnival win before so it’s pretty special,” she added.

The 18-year-old moves to live in Victoria tomorrow, following studying, work and running goals.

After being pipped on the line by competitors in Rosebery, Max Green reversed his tactics to storm home in the open 800m. The teenager only hit the front with 1metre to travel, taking the lead from training partner Nicole Perry.

Competition continues in St Helens on Saturday 20th January. Entries have been extended online until 6pm Friday 12th.