The 18-member Australian Team has completed its final training session ahead of the Brisbane 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
The team, which boasts more than forty elite world titles, with ten reigning world champions and eight Olympians, will begin racing on Thursday with the team events, the team pursuit and team sprint.
Reigning men’s team pursuit world record holders Sam Welsford, Alex Porter, Kelland O’Brien and Leigh Howard will line up in the rainbows in the team pursuit on day one.
“We are really keen to come to Brisbane and perform in front of the home crowd,” said Welsford. “Brisbane is one we have targeted for a long time ago to go fast because of the ripper conditions, the fast track and its good shape.
“We’ve had a little bit of a top-up after the Cambridge World Cup last week, which was our first team pursuit since the World Championships in Poland where we broke the world record. So for that, it was about getting the sensations back and when we come out here on Friday we’ll be red hot ready.”
In the women’s, reigning world champions Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Alexandra Manly and rising star Maeve Plouffe will comprise the women’s endurance squad.
Edmondson, who celebrated her twenty-eighth birthday on Thursday, is keen to race in front of the home crowd and has predicted fast times.
“We’ve learnt a lot from the three rounds in the team pursuit from last week’s World Cup round in Cambridge and we’re hoping to tidy things up and go even faster here in Brisbane,” said Edmondson. “We’re still eight months out so you never know what’s going to happen but we’re going to do our absolute best.
“We did have an opportunity to try things out last week but this is a great opportunity too, and we have great conditions here in Brisbane, it’s really hot here so we’re hoping to do some fast times.”
In the sprint competition, reigning team sprint world champion Stephanie Morton will line up with Caitlin Ward.
“This is another opportunity to step out here and make sure we’re rehearsing everything we want to do in Tokyo so that when we get to the Olympics there are no unknowns, we go in with our plan and we’re ready to execute,” said Morton. “We’ve been looking forward to this World Cup, it’s the lucky last event, we’re ready to go out with a bang before Christmas, everyone’s in good form and looking forward to racing in front of a home crowd.”
2018 sprint world champion Matthew Glaetzer will race in Brisbane despite undergoing surgery to remove thyroid cancer just two weeks ago. Glaetzer took bronze in the keirin at last week’s World Cup in New Zealand.
“The bronze in New Zealand in the Kierin was awesome, I didn’t really know what to expect, so I was really stoked to get in the final and then to get a result and get on the podium was really fantastic,” said Glaetzer. “Performance-wise it’s a bit unpredictable so we will see what I have this week, I’ll obviously give it everything that I’ve got.”