Aaron Kemps is home and preparing for the Bundaberg International Criterium.
Aaron Kemps is home and preparing for the Bundaberg International Criterium. Max Fleet

Cycling spectacular

PROFESSIONAL cyclist Aaron Kemps will revisit Bundaberg's Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome for the upcoming 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels.

The Coral Isle Cycling Club member has returned to his hometown for some down time after a hectic year competing with the Fly V Australia team in America and China.

Kemps plans to use the Bundaberg Cycling Club's cycling spectacular as a heart starter in the lead-up to his 2012 campaign with new team Champion Systems.

"It's a great event to try and get back into the swing of things after some time off," he said.

"The 4BU cycling spectacular is a great local event. I always love the opportunity to race in Bundaberg."

The recent signing means he will compete alongside fellow Australian Will Clarke and Cadell Evans' former teammate Chris Butler, who will depart the BMC team.

Kemps has taken a month off after a successful year that included stage wins in the UCI Tour of Quinghai Lake, Tour of China and the Tour of Taihu Lake.

He competed in the 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels event last year when it returned to Bundaberg after a nine-year hiatus.

As a tour racer, Kemps said he was looking forward to the challenge of competing against track cyclists in the specialist event.

"I don't race much track anymore so it's going to be a good change and a good test," he said.

Kemps expected competition in senior men's events would be fierce with a starting line featuring elite track racers.

So far, riders such as junior world champion Alex Edmondson, Australian teams sprint champion James Glasspool, Malaysian Beijing Olympian EdrusYunos, current Asian Games Sprint Champion Fattah Zaid and Kiwi junior worlds medallist Dylan Kennett have signed up on the registration list.

"There's going to be a couple of quick track sprinters out there who are going to be hard to beat," he said.

Kemps said the 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels had gathered considerable attention on the national cycling circuit after it returned last year.

"There aren't actually that many track events like this around anymore," he said.

"It's a well-organised and well-run event and it's an event the community should get behind and support."

The cycling spectacular will be held at Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome on December 9 and 10.

New events this year will include the Bundaberg Sugar Cup 2000m Mens Elite Wheelrace heats and the Boylans International Madison.

Bundaberg Cycling Club secretary Jason Templeman said the event would bring world-class racing to Bundaberg.

"It's shaping up to be a brilliant weekend," he said.



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