Aces title stays in Hamilton family

ARARAT - The David Blackie Memorial trophy remains in the Hamilton family for a third year after Lucas Hamilton won the 50-lap Aces feature scratch race at Saturday's Ararat Classic Cycling Carnival.

Hamilton followed in the foot steps of his brother Thomas, who took out the top prize in 2012 and 2013.

Hamilton said he was already planning his defence of the title.

"It's good to keep it in the family," he said.

"Hopefully we can do it again next year."

Hamilton went into the 50-lap race in good condition, having won a gold medal a fortnight earlier at the Australia Track National Championship, however he still faced a tough field of cyclists from regional and metropolitan clubs across Victoria.

Ararat and District Cycling Club president Matt Argall said the 18-year-old rode the perfect race.

"The pace was on from the start and every time it looked like the speed might slow Lucas at the front put the pressure on the bunch and set the tempo," he said.

"With it being 50 laps, slowly but surely as the race progressed the riders dropped away and in the end Lucas won by three quarters of a lap or about 170 metres.

"He was the form rider going in and obviously with his brother Tom winning it for the last couple of years and the whole family having a long association with the club, it was great to see him standing on top of the podium."

While it looked like a fast race from the sidelines, Hamilton said he felt in control the entire time.

"It was a pretty easy, calm pace most of the race so I was able to relax into it," he said.

"Then towards the end, probably about 15 laps to go, I broke away and rode out on my own for the rest of the race."

Despite opening up a comfortable lead in the closing stages, Hamilton said he wasn't sure of victory until the final few laps.

"Not until about five laps to go did I start to feel confident," he said.

"You never know what is going to happen."

It was a good day of racing for Hamilton on Saturday, also winning the elite men 5000-metre motorpace and the elite men keirin final, which he said was unexpected.

"The keirin final I thought was a bit of a fluke because I am not a keirin rider at all," he said.

"The motorpace was a bit of a warm up event for the Aces race. It was pretty easy going riding behind the motorbike and I then led out of the sprint because you always want to lead on the Ararat track and was able to win.

"I really enjoy the Ararat carnival. It is a great chance to ride in front of a home crowd and I always look forward to it.

"Hopefully it continues to grow each year."

Hamilton will trade the velodrome for the road this weekend when his attentions turn to competing in the 2014 Zarraffa's Oceania Road Championships at Toowoomba.

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