Australia’s Next Gen on show in Brisbane

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The young talent of the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy (PPA) will be on display in a stunning Australian Team for the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup from December 13-15. 

While the team boasts more than forty elite world titles, ten reigning world champions and eight Olympians, there is an added opportunity for fans to catch the next generation of Australian stars.

Five of the country’s developing athletes from the Australian Cycling Team’s PPA in Luke Plapp, Matthew Richardson, Tom Cornish, Maeve Plouffe and Caitlin Ward have been selected. 

Launched in November 2018 with an inaugural class of thirteen athletes across both endurance and sprint disciplines, the PPA programme focuses on the long term development of athletes orientated around success at the 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.

Between them, the group of five have numerous junior world titles as well as junior and elite national championships under their belts and are all focused on the experience and learning from their teammates in front of an excited home crowd in Brisbane. 

“I’m looking forward to it so much, I have some family and friends going and it’ll be so exciting to finally race a World Cup on my home soil, I have been wanting to do this event for a long time so I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to the opportunity,” said endurance rider Plouffe who is aiming to line up in the team pursuit squad in Brisbane. 

Victoria’s Plapp will be joining an endurance squad that has been dominating on the world stage over the last couple of years. 

“This will be my first time riding with the older boys so hopefully I can step up, play my role and we can have a good ride. Obviously, the last time boys were at the Commonwealth Games they broke the world record and the crowd was insane so hopefully, we can do something similar this year and I can be a part of it,” said Plapp. 

Adelaide’s Plouffe, who won silver as part of the team pursuit at the Cambridge World Cup last weekend, is eager to race on home soil.

“It is a new squad for me and really looking forward to riding with them. I will be looking to execute really good rides, and I am looking forward to racing in front of a home crowd,” said Plouffe.

“It is exciting after one year to step up to this level, and it is really great that a few of us have moved up for this World Cup.”

Sydney’s Cornish is coming off a solid performance at the Glasgow World Cup last November, and after a year in the PPA credits a lot of the success to the coaching efforts of Lynne Munro.

“It’s been a pretty good year, I came in last November and everything has just been solidly stepping up, got a great coach, Lyn, she’s been behind us the whole way and everything has been going pretty well for us,” said Cornish.

The same praise of Munro came from Victorian sprinter Ward. 

“It’s been an awesome year in the academy and we’re really lucky to have Lynne Munro as the sprint coach who has just backed us the whole way, she’s such a great coach at the best of times but she has really made this sprint squad shine,” said Ward.

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

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 – 2018 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 2018 junior world champion; Podium Potential Academy Member

About the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup 

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 http://brisbanetrackworldcup.com/tickets  

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