Australian Team set to bring bling to Brisbane

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Brisbane will be glittering with rainbows with ten reigning world champions confirmed in a stellar Australian Team for the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup from December 13-15.

The Brisbane round of the World Cup offers valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will be the Australians’ last race on home soil ahead of February’s World Championships.

The team boasts more than forty elite world titles, with ten reigning world champions, and eight Olympians set to line up on the Anna Meares Velodrome across the three days of competition.

Reigning men’s team pursuit world champion and world record holders Sam Welsford, Alex Porter, Kelland O’Brien and Leigh Howard are confirmed, along with reigning women’s world champions Ashlee Ankudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Georgia Baker and Alexandra Manly. 

“There’s nothing like home soil, we had the 2012 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games on home soil and that was incredible,” said dual Olympian Edmondson. “It’s been three years since I’ve worn these rainbows and you never take it for granted. To have another chance to represent Australia in the rainbows in the team pursuit, with a home crowd, that is just amazing.”

Nine-time career world champion Cameron Meyer will also feature in the endurance events.

2019 team sprint world champions Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch headline the sprinting contingent, along with 2018 sprint world champion Matthew Glaetzer and Rio Olympian Nathan Hart.

“Racing is the best preparation for a big event like the Olympics and the World Cup in Brisbane is exactly that,” said Glaetzer, who claimed two gold medals on the Velodrome at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. “It will be a great dress rehearsal for us to really get in some good form and perform with the pressure of the crowd and everything going on around that.”

In superb signs for the next generation, four of the country’s developing athletes from the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy in Luke Plapp, Matthew Richardson, Tom Cornish, Maeve Plouffe and Caitlin Ward have been selected.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the announcement of the Australian Team.

“Securing this elite sporting event in Brisbane for the first time reaffirms Queensland’s position as a global sporting events hub,” Ms Jones said. “This event will bring thousands of elite cyclists and spectators to Queensland’s capital, who’ll compete in the state-of-the-art Anna Meares Velodrome, the home of indoor cycling events during the Commonwealth Games.

“I know the Aussie team will do us proud as they work towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year and I wish all the competitors the best of luck.

“The 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup adds to the growing Queensland events calendar, which has grown to be worth $880 million to the state’s economy in 2020.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said as a proud cycling city, Brisbane was thrilled to be hosting the 2019-20 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

“Major events like this inject more than $150 million into Brisbane’s economy every year, and provide flow-on benefits to our local tourism, hospitality, retail and service sectors.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best track cyclists to our great city and cheering on the Australian team as they compete for gold and aim to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Before landing in Brisbane, members of the team will contest Round 4 of the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand, from December 6-8.

Australia’s para-cycling stars will also be in action across the three days in Brisbane with the event to include a UCI category 1 event for the time trial, individual pursuit and scratch race with critical qualifying points towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Australian Para-cycling contingent will be named closer to the event.

Team Australia 

Sprint

  • Stephanie Morton – SA – reigning team sprint world champion
  • Kaarle McCulloch – NSW – reigning team sprint world champion
  • Caitlin Ward – VIC – Dual reigning national champion, Podium Potential Academy Member
  • Matthew Glaetzer – SA – 2018 sprint world champion
  • Nathan Hart – ACT – 2018 World Cup gold medallist
  • Matthew Richardson – WA – Podium Potential Academy Member
  • Tom Cornish – NSW – 2019 junior world champion; Podium Potential Academy Member

Endurance

  • Ashlee Ankudinoff – NSW – reigning individual & team pursuit world champion
  • Nettie Edmondson – SA – reigning team pursuit world champion
  • Georgia Baker – TAS – reigning team pursuit world champion
  • Alexandra Manly – SA – reigning points race & team pursuit world champion
  • Maeve Plouffe – SA – reigning Oceania champion, Podium Potential Academy Member
  • Sam Welsford – WA – reigning scratch & team pursuit world champion
  • Alex Porter – SA – reigning team pursuit world champion
  • Kelland O’Brien – VIC – reigning team pursuit world champion
  • Leigh Howard – VIC – reigning team pursuit world champion
  • Cameron Meyer – WA – nine-time career world champion
  • Luke Plapp – VIC – dual junior world champion

2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup 

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Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome will host the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup where the world’s best track cyclists will battle for gold and valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games from December 13-15.

The event will be delivered by Cycling Australia in partnership with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.

Schedule

  • FRI 13 DEC: Team Pursuit; Team Sprint; Para-cycling Time Trial
  • SAT 14 DEC: Men’s Omnium; Women’s Madison; Men’s Keirin; Women’s Sprint; Para-cycling Individual Pursuit
  • SUN 15 DEC: Women’s Omnium; Men’s Madison; Women’s Keirin; Men’s Sprint; Para-cycling Scratch Race

Tickets

Ticket prices begin from only $10 for day sessions, while fans can get along to the evening’s finals action for as little as $30, with Family and Series passes also available. Secure your seats at the official website brisbanetrackworldcup.com/tickets

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