McCulloch and Morton claim team sprint gold in Mexico
The Cyclones have claimed one gold and one bronze medal on the opening day of the 2012/13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series being staged in Mexico from 17 to 19 January 2013.
Australia's victory came in the women's sprint through Kaarle McCulloch, 23, and Stephanie Morton, 22. The pair qualified fastest with 32.983 in the morning session, setting a new track record in the process.
Although unable to improve on their time in the evening's final, the duo's time of 33.033 was far too good for their Chinese opponents (33.307).
In the men's team sprint, Alex Bird, 27, Mitch Bullen, 21 and Peter Lewis, 22, claimed the bronze medal over Rusvelo (43.808) in a time of 43.584.
Australia's quartet of Jack Cummings, 19, Tirian McManus, 18, Trent Derecourt, 18, and Peter Loft, 21, finished fourth in the men's team sprint, while Tasmania's Georgia Baker finsihed 16th in the women's points race.
The three round 2012/13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series kicked off in Cali, Colombia last October before heading to Glasgow, Scotland, in November.
Following the Mexico leg of the Series, the 2013 Subaru Cycling Australia Track Cycling Championships will be held at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome from January 30 to February 2, with the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships to follow in Minsk, Belarus, from February 20-24.
Cyclones for the Mexico UCI World Cup round
Sprint team (6)
Peter Lewis (NSW)
Alex Bird (ACT)
Mitch Bullen (NSW)
Stephanie Morton (SA)
Endurance team (7)
Peter Loft (TAS)
Trent Derecourt (WA)
Jack Cummings (VIC)
Tirian McManus (NSW)
Rebecca Wiasak (ACT)
Georgia Baker (TAS)