The road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Australia’s track cyclists will continue in Cali, Colombia from 30 October-1 November, with a 15-rider team named for the opening round of the 2015/16 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Series.
WHAT IS THE TRACK WORLD CUP?
The 2015/16 UCI Track World Cup series features the world’s best track cyclists competing across three rounds for points towards World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification.
Cali (Colombia) hosts the first round of the series at the end of October, followed by round two in Cambridge (New Zealand) from 5-6 December, with the third and final round in Hong Kong from January 16-17.
The 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in London, Great Britain in March.
WHAT EVENTS WILL BE CONTESTED?
In addition to the ten Olympic events – keirin, sprint, team pursuit, team sprint and omnium for both men and women – the Cali round also features a men’s points race, individual pursuit and Madison and a scratch race for women. The additional races on the programme are all C1 UCI events with UCI points on offer.
WHO IS RIDING FOR AUSTRALIA?
Following a successful start to the 2016 track season at last week’s Oceania Championships in Invercargill, Team Australia will feature a blend a mix of experience in Cali.
Reigning keirin world champion Anna Meares is joined by Stephanie Morton in the women’s sprint events, with both fresh off a successful Oceania Championships where they teamed to win gold in the team sprint. Morton also clinched gold in the keirin.
Matthew Glaetzer, who claimed the Oceania sprint and keirin crowns, will be chasing more success on the international stage after claiming World Cup sprint gold in each of the past two seasons. Jacob Schmid and team sprint speciallist Nathan Hart complete the men’s sprint team.
Alex Manly, Lauren Perry and Elissa Wundersitz return to Cali, the location of their team pursuit World Cup victory in January – just the third time Australia has won gold in the women’s team pursuit at a World Cup.
Wundersitz will line up in the omnium, with the West Australian claiming bronze at the Oceania Championships, while Perry heads into Cali in form after claiming the Oceania scratch race title.
Dual junior world champion Danielle McKinnirey will make her debut in the senior ranks, following gold in the omnium and silver in the team pursuit at the Junior World Championships in Astana. Isabella King returns from a difficult 2015 with illness to round out the women’s endurance team.
Three members of Australia’s 2014 teenage team pursuit squad junior world champions in Daniel Fitter, Alexander Porter and Sam Welsfordwho claimed gold in the opening World Cup in Guadalajara last year will again line up in the team pursuit. Joining them is Jackson Law, who also tasted World Cup success last year in Cali in the team pursuit, and former junior world champion Callum Scotson.
Off the back of a dominant performance on route to claiming the Oceania title, Welsford will contest the six-event race in Cali event. Fitter and Scotson will also feature in the individual pursuit, with Porter lining up in the points race.
Nathan HART (ACT)
Matthew GLAETZER (SA)
Jacob SCHMID (VIC)
Anna MEARES (SA)
Stephanie MORTON (SA)
Daniel FITTER (QLD)
Jackson LAW (NSW)
Alexander PORTER (SA)
Callum SCOTSON (SA)
Sam WELSFORD (WA)
Isabella KING (WA)
Alex MANLY (SA)
Danielle MCKINNIREY (SA)
Lauren PERRY (TAS)
Elissa WUNDERSITZ (WA)
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