Australia’s para-cycling stars will be chasing Tokyo2020 glory at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome when it hosts the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup from December 13-15.
Para-cycling will take centre stage across the three days 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 Team enjoyed superb results at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in March, finishing second on the medal standings with nine world titles highlighting a glittering 17-medal haul.
Australia’s para-cycling stars on show in Brisbane in December will include reigning world champions Alistair Donohoe (VIC), Amanda Reid (NSW), Darren Hicks (SA), David Nicholas (QLD), Emily Petricola (VIC) and Paige Greco (SA).
South Australia’s Darren Hicks, who will sport his rainbow jersey in the individual pursuit, feels the experience of racing at the Track World Cup in Brisbane will be invaluable for the team’s preparations for Tokyo 2020.
“We haven’t really raced in front of a large crowd on the track yet, so I am keen to see what it is like with crowd noise, especially when you’re in the gate waiting for the beeps,” said Hicks. “Getting these type of experiences ahead of the World Championships and Paralympic Games is so important.
Victoria’s reigning world champion and world record holder Emily Petricola is looking forward to increasing the awareness of Australia’s para cyclists.
“Super excited to perform at a venue that is full of people and to show what para-cycling is and what we can do,” said Petricola. “The Brisbane Track World Cup will introduce the general public to the amazing group of athletes we have in Australia.
“I can’t wait. I hope I can do something really special that night.”
Warren McDonald, Cycling Australia’s High-Performance Para-cycling Technical Director, believes Brisbane will provide the necessary challenges required ahead of the Paralympic Games.
“Brisbane is playing a large role in our Tokyo Paralympics preparation with competitions such as the Brisbane’s Track World Cup and team camps, helping athletes and performance support team with the challenges necessary to succeed in 2020,” said McDonald.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the para-cycling events at the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup would further establish Brisbane’s reputation for hosting world-class cycling events.
“Brisbane is a proud cycling city and I look forward to welcoming top Australian and international para-cyclists to compete at the world-class Anna Meares Velodrome as they set their sights on 2020 Paralympic glory,” Cr Schrinner said.
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 will host the world’s best track cyclists as they 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.
- 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
Ticket prices start at $10 for morning 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 https://brisbanetrackworldcup.com/
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