Power Couple Return as Olympians

November 24, 2021

Alex Manly and Matt Richardson return for the upcoming TasCarnivals series, this time as freshly minted Olympians.

The power cycling couple of the Australian Cycling Team return for the upcoming TasCarnivals series, this time as freshly minted Olympians.

Alex Manly and Matt Richardson both got the carnival bug last season and were eager to return for a week of hard racing next month.  

“I’m really looking forward to the Tassie carnivals this year. They are always a great way to finish off the year and head into the new one!  The atmosphere was amazing last year and I can’t wait to be back amongst it," 25 year old Manly said.

The Kalgoorlie born rider made her Olympic debut in Tokyo, helping the Australian Women's Team Pursuit to a 5th placing.  After winning the Launceston scratch race and placing second in the Burnie wheel last season, Manly expressed genuine enthusiasm for a return to the iconic series.

"I’ve heard great things are happening with the development of the carnivals and really excited to be able to support such a great event,” she declared.

Richardson will return to the TasCarnivals for the second time after a loaded program in Tokyo.  The former gymnast rode to 4th in the Teams Sprint, =13th in the Keirin and 22nd in the sprint at his first Olympics.  

He famously got the attention of the St Johns first aiders at New Town Oval in Hobart last season, after a blistering turn from the front to get the scratchies up in the wheel final.  While the defibrillator stayed in the packaging, the first aiders did need all their energy to shake the lactic acid out of his massive legs.

He will return to Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and the Burnie carnivals where he will go head to head with one of the other fastest men on the planet, world junior record holder Thomas Cornish.

“Last year was my first time racing the Christmas carnivals. As a sprinter I haven’t grown up doing these events. But I had so much fun, I told my friends that they should come down and race with me this year. After the Olympics it’s nice to come back and support local racing when it’s possible. So can’t wait to be back this year,” Richardson said.

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get involved in the tasmanian carnivals series

Runners, riders and choppers - take your marks and take part in the upcoming Tasmanian Carnivals series. Entries for the 2021/2022 season are now open.

2021/22 entries now open