Reigning team pursuit world champion Annette Edmondson (SA) will leave no stone unturned as she strives towards representing Australia on home soil at the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup to be held at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome from 13-15 December.
Edmondson (left) after winning the 2019 World Title – Photo Casey Gibson.
Edmondson and the Australian Cycling Team’s best will battle for gold across the three-day event which acts the penultimate round of the World Cup Series and a chance to grab valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“There’s nothing like home soil, we had the 2012 World Championships on home soil and the 2018 Commonwealth Games and that was incredible,” said 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 amazing.”
Adelaide’s Edmondson surged to a third career world title, her second in the team pursuit, when she teamed with Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW), Amy Cure (TAS), Alexandra Manly (SA), plus Georgia Baker (TAS) to win gold at the World Championships in Poland in February’s Track World Championships.
“The last six months since we won the world title over in Poland have flown, we’ve been pretty busy training and racing on the road in Europe and now it’s full steam ahead for the next eleven months until the Tokyo 2020 games,” said Edmondson, who revealed the intensity is rising at the Australian Cycling Team’s Adelaide headquarters as they inch closer to the World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“We’ve been into training back home in Adelaide and we’re already getting put under pressure. It’s nice to feel so fatigued at the end of each day because you feel like you are stepping towards those goals but time is really flying and it’s not going to be long before Tokyo comes around.”
Before Tokyo however, Edmondson and the team will focus on the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series beginning with Round 2 in Glasgow from November 8-10, Round 4 in New Zealand from December 6-8, followed by the major focus, the World Cup in Brisbane this December.
Edmondson is keen to pull on the rainbows in the team pursuit for the first time on home soil but knows it will be tough to make the team for Brisbane with the current depth within the Australian Cycling Team’s women’s endurance program.
“We have so many strong girls so I will do everything I can to line up on that day,” Edmondson added. “We’ve never really had that sort of depth before, but we’ve had big shifts in the program and consistency at training across the board because of these numbers.
“It pushes you to be better every day when you know that someone else is just as strong as you and you have to everything you possibly can to be better and make that selection at the end of the season.”
And with her parents already securing their seats in Brisbane, Edmondson has extra motivation to ensure she lines up on race day.
“I’ve already bought my parents tickets to make sure they’re there, there’s no excuse, you don’t get many opportunities like this in your career so I’m going to make the most of it.”
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 and Team Sprint
- SAT 14 DEC: Men’s Omnium, Women’s Madison, Men’s Keirin, Women’s Sprint
- SUN 15 DEC: Women’s Omnium, Men’s Madison, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Sprint
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.