Bundy trio turn it on for crowds
HOME-town hero Allan Davis was the star attraction at the 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome on the weekend.
But the Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist does little track racing these days, and despite riding his heart out, he won only two events over the two days, the A Grade 60 Lap Teams Point Score and the Elimination.
His elder brother Scott saved his best for last, also drawing rapturous applause when he scored an emotional win in the final event on the program, the Kevin Brogden Memorial 40 Lap Scratch Race, to also bring down the curtain on his professional career.
But they both were upstaged by New South Wales Institute of Sport duo Andrew Taylor and Mitchell Bullen in most of the sprints.
Taylor took out the Combined A, B and C Grade Elite 1600m Handicap after Allan Davis punctured in his heat and did not advance to the final, and he also outgunned Allan and Bundaberg's Australian criterium champion Aaron Kemps in the A Grade Derby, and defeated Allan and Bullen in the Beds R Us 2000m Keirin.
Bullen downed Taylor and Allan in the 1000m Handicap final, and also edged out Allan and Taylor in the blue riband Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels.
Coming off scratch in that race, Allan sent the huge crowd into a frenzy when he raced up to challenge for the lead in the back straight on the bell lap of the 2000m event, but Bullen, who started off 20 metres, rode the perfect race and fought back to get the upper hand in the drive to the line.
Bullen, who turned 19 five days earlier, was in awe of Allan but savoured a glorious victory.
“I've had a couple of big wins in the past including the Clarence Street Cup in Sydney and I've had a couple of good results at the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival, but this is my first big win in Queensland,” Bullen said.
“I did the Rocky Cup last year and they really looked after us, and the boys here have done the same – they have done a lot of work behind the scenes to make it an outstanding carnival.”
Taylor was also delighted, although also a little surprised, with his results.
“I've had two weeks off the bike since the Oceania Championships, but I still had pretty good legs,” Taylor said.
“I got second in the sprint at Oceania and fourth in the Keirin and Team Sprint, which were good results, and I'm a former Australian Keirin champion and came fourth at the world titles.
“I did not expect to do this well with the field here but James Glasspool and Casey Munro were unlucky to fall off and get badly injured in their first event, still Allan Davis can do anything so to beat him a few times was special.”
Taylah Jennings, of Rockhampton, was the female star of the carnival, continuing her superb form after snaring gold in the Oceania scratch race, winning the women's 800m Handicap, Derby, 16 lap Scratch Race and Unknown Distance, before lining up against the men in a few C Grade events.
Wanting extra competition in the lead-up to the state titles, she again rode very well against them and finished her program with a second in the C Grade 12 lap Scratch Race after placing third in her heat of the Keirin.