GEORGE Tansley’s hot run on the cycling track rolled on as he won the Victorian 10-mile motor pace championship and the Lindsay Harrington Memorial Wheelrace (2000m) at Friday night’s Bendigo leg of the Christmas carnival series.
Not long after marking his return to Bendigo by winning the Harrington Memorial, Tansley outsprinted his rivals to win an absorbing 10-mile duel.
Both wins show he is right on track in the lead-up to next month’s World Cup round in Mexico where he will compete in the madison.
The 19-year-old from Mandurang, who is now based in Adelaide, was rapt to have a won a state title on the track where his cycling career began.
“I had won a couple of Vic titles in juniors and some senior wins (madison and scratch) in South Australia, but never a Victorian title at senior level.”
At the end of the motor pace, Tansley held off Bendigo’s Sam Crome and now Blackburn-based Haydn Bradbury, a star in Bendigo for many track seasons.
Just over a fortnight ago, Tansley teamed with another SA-based cyclist, Miles Scotson to be the No.1 Australian team in the Australian Madison at Darebin’s indoor velodrome.
Since then, Tansley has earned selection to race the 40km madison at the World Cup in Mexico.
Racing starts in mid-January.
A busy schedule includes competing in the three-leg Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, which starts with tomorrow’s criterium at Geelong.
Rounds two and three are at Portarlington and Williamstown on Wednesday and Thursday.
Tansley said the support from long-time coach Tim Decker had played a big part in this year’s winning run.
They joined forces at the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport when Tansley was in his early teens and both are now at the South Australia Sports Insitute.
“Tim’s been a massive influence on my career,” Tansley said.
“He’s been there at the good and bad times, as have my parents (Jack and Sally) and younger sister (Grace).”
Away from the track, Tansley works part-time in Brett Aitken’s shop, JP Cycles.
Tansley’s goals for 2013 include a third start in the Bendigo International Madison in March.