Hobart Hosts Best in Spikes and on Bikes

December 26, 2021

The states capital has attracted its best field of cyclists and runners in its 40 years of history for tomorrow's annual Bikes & Spikes carnival.

Eight loaded heats of the men's gift and six in the women's will reveal much ahead of a huge week of racing across Tasmania.  

Jack Hale runs from scratch in the 100m men's gift, at his first ever appearance in his hometown carnival.  

The Tasmanian record holder hasn't raced since the Australian Championships in April and is itching to put on a show in front of family, friends and fans alike.  He gives 0.5m to Australia's U'20 record holder Jake Doran of Queensland.

Gambian refugee Abdoulie 'Buster' Asim runs from 1.25m and returns to Tasmania buoyant after his 2019 Burnie Gift win.  He was first across the line in the Australian 200m championships this year, before being dq'd for stepping on the line.  

Fresh from a 10.38 personal best earlier this month, Jacob Despard will run off 1.75m and 20 year old Tasmanian Jagga Pybus will be dangerous off 3.5m after his recent 10.57sec clocking for 100m.

The uphill track at New Town will suit Australian 4x400m representative Ian Halpin, and a wildcard will be Zen Clark, the son of Australian 400m record holder Darren.  

Backmarkers in the Women's 100m gift will be 17 year old Queensland sensation Hilal Durmaz and past Hobart gift winner Mia Gross from Victoria.  

Of interest to watch will be Destiny Peris in heat 2, with the daughter of Olympic legend Nova running off 7metres.

The Australian Cycling Team will be represented in both the men's and women's cycling program all day.

Tokyo Olympian Matt Richardson will be joined by Josh Duffy, Jensen Plowright, James Moriarty, Graeme Frislie and Tom Cornish in the men's.  

With the women's field boasting Maeve Plouffe, Kristina Clonan, Lauren Perry, Chloe Moran and Sophie Edwards.

A healthy sprinkling of international riders will also be on show including kiwi Jordan Castle, Ryan Schilt of the Netherlands, Lizeanne Wilmot from Canada, Conor Rowley and Shannon McCurley of Ireland.

The livestream broadcast schedule has also been confirmed for the week, with the following streamed on the @TasCarnivals Facebook page.

Hobart: 2:20pm - 7:30pm
Launceston: 3:25pm - 6:30pm
Devonport: 3:25pm - 9:00pm
Launceston (30th): 2:35pm - 6:45pm
Burnie: 2:30pm - 9:30pm

All handicaps are available to view online now here.

Timetables for all carnivals are also now available at www.tascarnivals.com.au.

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