Reigning team sprint world champion Stephanie Morton’s rainbow jersey and green and gold skinsuits are ready for one of the last Olympic Games dress rehearsals, the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane from December 13-15.
The Australian Cycling Team will line up at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome for the three-day event which is the penultimate round of the World Cup Series and one of the final opportunities to perform and secure valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
As Morton continues her pursuit of a second Australian Olympic Team selection, the importance of racing at a home World Cup just seven months from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is not lost on Morton.
“It’s a bit surreal to think this is the last season before the Tokyo Games, it just seems like yesterday we were over in Rio,” said Morton, who finished just off the podium in fourth with Anna Meares in the team sprint at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“(Brisbane) will be one of the last dress rehearsals and then the World Championships. It is the last chance we have to practice all those one-percenters and skills, after that it’s the big dance.”
Across the individual events during last year’s World Cup season, Adelaide’s Morton grabbed eight medals including four gold and topped the sprint qualification at every round she raced. Morton also won her third consecutive sprint silver medal at February’s Track World Championships.
In the team sprint, Morton and Sydney’s Kaarle McCulloch shone with World Cup gold in a national record, before eclipsing that mark on the way to winning their first world title in the two-lap team event.
“Kaarle and I were really happy with last season, we just kept getting faster and that’s what you want,” said Morton. “It’s still very surreal that we have the rainbows, we’re always pumped when we get to train in them but even just wearing them you’re like ‘is this real?’”
While the entry lists are not yet finalised for December’s Track World Cup, Morton is expected to don the rainbow jersey in the team sprint on Friday’s opening day of competition.
The women’s sprinters will be in action across all three days with blockbuster racing expected in the sprint (Saturday) and keirin (Sunday).
“I have good memories in Brisbane, obviously the Commonwealth Games there was amazing,” said Morton, who claimed triple gold on the track last year. “I think that the Anna Meares Velodrome is just built for atmosphere so I’m really looking forward to the World Cup crowd getting behind us.
“I know it sounds corny, but we really do go faster and feed off that energy. When the crowd’s into it, it really just helps the energy in the velodrome and I think you will see some really cool things.”
Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome will host the world’s best track cyclists for the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup from 13-15 December.
Riders will battle for gold in twelve events across three days, with valuable qualifying points on offer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The 2019-2020 UCI Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup was secured by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing and Cycling Australia.
- 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 for the morning qualifying sessions start at $10, while evening sessions tickets which feature the gold medal finals begin at just $30.
Family and series passes are also available so you can catch the action with your friends.