COMING UP: Kristine Bannister made the Qld team and is competing in Brisbane this weekend.
COMING UP: Kristine Bannister made the Qld team and is competing in Brisbane this weekend. MAX FLEET Bika

Criterium goes on without stars

BUNDABERG's criterium riders will soldier on this Saturday minus the stars that have graced the Charlie Triggs Crescent course during the past few months.

Allan Davis is competing in South Australia’s Tour Down Under, while Scott Davis and Aaron Kemps have left for Spain to prepare for the European season.

Even Bernie Kemps will be out of action while he visits another of his sons in Perth.

“I’m out of action this weekend, but all the old faithfuls will be back again, even if Aaron, Scott and Allan are no longer able to compete,” he said.

Up and comers Martin and Kristina Bannister are also doing their own thing.

Kristina is at Chandler Velodrome in Brisbane, competing in the junior Queensland Cycling Championships until tomorrow. She will race in the 500m time trial, 5km scratch, 200m sprint and 2km sprint.

Having just clicked into a higher gear, after consultation with her coach, she is expecting to have her hands full.

Adjusting to the new gearing takes time and the high-class under-17 field she is up against will provide a staunch opposition.

Meanwhile Martin will hit the road and ride to Hervey Bay for the weekend, before preparing for another training camp with his team QSM Racing.

Last week Bannister attended training with his team in Casuarina, which included a 260km climb through the hills of Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

“It was pretty tough but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next camp in a few weeks,” he said.

Bannister has been with QSM Racing for three seasons, and has recently re-signed for another stint.

“They’ve been great and it’s a good group of riders so I’m happy to stay with them,” he said.

He has been too busy to watch the Tour Down Under, but knows what the riders are going through in the blistering heat and tough hill climbs.

“It was 38C in Casuarina, you’d get back from the ride just exhausted and so sore, but I love it,” he said.



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