Dual reigning world champion Sam Welsford is predicting plenty of fireworks at the Anna Meares Velodrome when it hosts the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup from 13-15 December.
As one of the final stops for the Australian Cycling Team before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the World Cup will offer valuable qualifying points for the Games.
“The World Cups are getting more and more competitive every year, and being one of the last ones leading into Tokyo, there is going to be fireworks, that’s for sure,” said Welsford, 23, who claimed dual Commonwealth Games gold and the team pursuit world record at the Anna Meares Velodrome last year.
“It is going to be amazing to be back at that venue. The home crowd is something I will never forget from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, so to go back there, hopefully, we can recreate that in front of huge crowds again.”
Last week, Welsford opened his track cycling season with dual Oceania Championship gold in the omnium and the Madison with Kelland O’Brien. He will now turn his focus to a busy 2019-2020 UCI Track World Cup season in which he will contest three rounds – Scotland (November), New Zealand (December) followed by Brisbane.
“To get back on the track and set up a good season ahead is pretty vital for me,” said Welsford. “I have a big World Cup season ahead, there will be a lot of racing, but I am looking forward to getting more and more accustomed to racing the World Cup races in the Madison and the omnium.”
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Over the past few years, Welsford has established himself as one of the world’s leading endurance riders. In February 2019, he stunned the world after powering two world titles in the space of half an hour when he took a third career team pursuit world title in world record time before winning his first individual rainbow jersey in the scratch race.
Welsford is expected to line up in the team pursuit on the opening day of the Brisbane 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on December 13 and is eager to show off his rainbow bands.
“Every time you throw the rainbows on it is special, but it is even more special to do it with the home crowd and hear that support,” said Welsford. “I am really hoping the crowds get down to the track and get behind us.”
Ticket prices start at $10 for morning sessions, while fans can get along to the evening’s finals action for as little as $30. Family and Series passes are also available so you can catch the action with your friends.
- 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
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.