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Mate's death inspires win

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1 Mate's death inspires win on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:41 pm

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By HELEN KEMPTON
Hobart Mercury
January 02, 2011


SOUTH Australian cyclist George Tansley claimed a bittersweet victory in the Will Robinson Memorial Burnie Wheel last night.

Tansley, 17, choked with emotion as he talked about riding with last year's winner, Will Robinson, who was killed while out on a training ride at Moina in March.

"I can't believe I managed to win this one and I have got the tingles," Tansley said.

"In the short time I knew Will he had a big impact on me.

"His death was a big shock to the cycling community and I feel so inspired to win this race which is now named in honour of Will."

Before the big race, Robinson's parents Pennie and David presented a trophy they had crafted to Burnie Carnival organisers.

Tansley said he had timed his ride perfectly to claim the biggest wheel race of his career.

Another South Australian took out the 2011 Burnie Gift.

Robbie James won from scratch in a victory he said "took the cake".

"I felt awesome all day and saved my big push for the final," the 25-year-old said.

"I came here pretty confident and then executed it well. I could see the other runners out of the corner of my eye but I held on."

Tasmanians were the big winners in the women's gift and women's wheel race.

Backmarker cyclist Belinda Goss, of Acacia Hills, stormed home to top off a great week in which she also won the Tasmania Criterion Championship in Burnie.

"I had to commit early but the four backmarkers did a great job and worked together," Goss said.

"It has been a fantastic week."

During her career she has won the Latrobe, Devonport and Burnie wheel races.

"I have been competing at the carnivals for a long time and they have been good to me," Goss said.

Somerset runner Morgan Gaffney won the women's gift.

"It was awesome, a really good feeling," the 18-year-old Tasmanian 100m and 200m champion said.

"My friend and training mate Sandy Loring won last year and I was running for my life tonight because I knew Commonwealth Games competitor Melissa Breen was running."

Gaffney will compete in Hobart next week.

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