Reigning world champion Logan Martin stormed to win round three of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in Edmonton.
Despite inclement weather forcing the qualifying and semi-final rounds to the same day, Martin was not fazed as he qualified in second on Saturday.
In Sunday's final, Martin was left in fifth overall after suffering a flat tyre during his first run. However, following a quick tyre change, he came back to shred his final run with a sensational 95.00 and take the win ahead of Marin Ranteš and Dennis Enarson.
“It was great to be back in Canada for the third stop of the FISE World Series," said Martin. "The weather played a bit of a factor during qualifying and semis, so my plan was to just stay on my bike and get through the Saturday and focus on Sunday's finals.
"I felt confident going into finals. In my first run, I cased and this caused me to finish the rest of my run with a flat tyre, but after a quick tyre fix, I was ready for my second run.
"At that moment, I felt some pressure because I had only this run left to do exactly what was needed to find the podium.
"But I kept calm and focused on what I needed to do to win. I managed to do exactly what I wanted to do and scored a 95 finishing the contest in first."
The win continues Martin's strong comeback after he missed April's opening round in China following a training crash that broke his collar bone in four places. His comeback race came in the Series' second round in France in May where he grabbed second place.
Martin is eyeing Olympic glory following the IOC's decision to add BMX Freestyle to the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Australian Cycling Team members Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin and Sarah Roy are celebrating after a dominant performance at the most prestigious women’s Tour on the calendar, the Giro Rosa.
The three members of the Australian women's outfit Mitchelton-Scott combined with fellow Aussie Jess Allen, world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) and Jolien D’hoore (BEL).
van Vleuten made history by winning the final stage and securing the Tour win for the first time in the team’s seven-year history, while Spratt became the first Australian in 24 years to finish the Tour on the podium.
Spratt, who won stage six, grabbed third on GC and the green points jersey.
“We came here wanting to win the Giro-Rosa as a team and Annemiek has done it and it is really thanks to the entire team. The riders, the staff, everyone has worked so hard for this, it’s giving me goosebumps to see how well we have all worked together," said Spratt.
Following last month’s racing in France and the Czech Republic, members of the Australian Track team headed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Velodrome in Izu for Japan Track Cup.
The Cup featured two carnivals over three days, and for many of the team, it was their first hit out on the boards since the Commonwealth Games which netted 19 medals including ten gold
Three months on from their stunning and the stunning sub 3:50 team pursuit world record ride, Sam Welsford and Kelland O’Brien partnered across the two days in the Madison.
With their bikes delayed in transit, they were unable to find their feet early in the first race finishing with bronze. However, on the third day of competition, the pair treated the crowd to a classy display of Madison riding, controlling the race from start to the finish and doubling their nearest rivals on the points tally.
In other events, Welsford won the omnium, while fresh from their European schedule, Macey Stewart and Kristina Clonan grabbed silver and bronze in their two Madison appearances.
“Great to see them in action again even though they are just beginning to start their training again over the last few weeks,” said Senior Men's Track Endurance Coach Tim Decker.
“We will start to build slowly from here with the team towards the beginning of the World Cup season.”
The sprint team enjoyed the podium across the three days, with Kaarle McCulloch winning the keirin and sprint bronze on day one.
Pat Constable bagged keirin bronze in a strong field on day two, while Jacob Schmid collected two top-five results in the sprint.
“It was a great trip to start the season after a good break following the Comm Games,” said National Senior Track Sprint Coach Nick Flyger.
“It was good for the sprinters to check out the 2020 velodrome, and we were able to focus on the processes and applying the skills and tactics we had been working on since the Games.
“For the squad, it was nice to also catch up and train with Matt Glaetzer while he is competing in the Japan Keirins.”
The squads will be back in action on home soil at the 2019 Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide from 10-13 October.
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2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and triple World Championship medallist Katrin Garfoot, 36, has officially announced her retirement from cycling today.
“I am content with my journey over the past few years. I thank everyone involved and everyone who supported me,” said Garfoot.
German-born Garfoot began competitive cycling in 2011 at the age of 29 after being encouraged by her husband Chris to purchase a three-race license with the Gold Coast Cycling Club.
Garfoot enjoyed immediate success on the local circuit before dominating Australia’s domestic scene in 2013, claiming overall honours in the Cycling Australia National Road Series.
The World Tour beckoned, with Garfoot joining the Orica/AIS team in 2014 where she amassed a number of World Tour podium appearances in her debut season.
After officially becoming an Australian citizen in 2013, Garfoot made her Australian team debut at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won time trial bronze.
At the UCI Road World Championships, Garfoot rewrote the Australian cycling history books, firstly by becoming the first Australian woman in history to win two medals in one event after claiming back-to-back time trial bronze in 2016 and 2017.
At the 2017 World Championships, Garfoot’s road race silver saw her become just the second Australian woman after Anna Wilson to claim dual medals in the same year.
In the history of the Road World Championships, Garfoot stands with Michael Rogers as the only two riders to claim three medals for Australia.
Garfoot made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio and, after having come down with a badly timed flu in the lead up to the event, she finished as the highest placed Australian in ninth in the time trial, while also contesting a brutal women’s road race.
In 2018, Garfoot claimed her third consecutive time trial national title at the FedUni Road National Championships to take her career tally to four after storming to the 2017 road crown.
In her final professional cycling event raced in her hometown, Garfoot claimed Commonwealth Games gold with an emphatic victory in the time trial.
“After the Commonwealth Games I wanted to see if life swept me up and it sort of has. I did not feel like training anymore,” revealed Garfoot.
“My cycling career was an intense time for me and now I want to enjoy life with my friends and family.
“A lot of people asked me "what comes next for you". I am not certain of what that is, but I am taking my time to mull over some ideas and see what comes of it.”
Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake paid tribute to Garfoot.
“From her first race with her local club to the absolute pinnacle representing her adopted country at the Olympic and World Championships, Kat has had an amazing cycling journey.
“While Kat’s international results are worthy of high praise, it is her passion, dedication and commitment to excellence that will be her lasting legacy.
“Kat is clearly a gifted athlete, but she has also provided a great example to women that it is never too late to try competitive cycling.
“We wish Kat all the best in the next chapter of her life and we hope to see her around a bike race very soon.”
Katrin Garfoot Career Highlights
Photos credit John Veage, Casey Gibson, Con Chronis, Tim Bardsley-Smith.
In a repeat of May's opening round of the UCI Para Road World Cup, Carol Cooke claimed gold and silver at round two in the Netherlands.
Cooke prevailed in the time trial by more than thirty seconds over of Jill Walsh (USA), before her US rival turned the tables to win the road race. The pair are now tied on the UCI Rankings.
"I'm very happy with how I rode both races at this second World Cup," said Cooke, who revealed she is starting to reap the benefits of long hours in the saddle in a new time trial racing position. "For the first time I felt really comfortable in that position and it is obviously helping as I won by a fairly good margin.
"I still have some work to do on my road race, however, the dynamics of the race were different because we were racing alongside the men. So that will change at the World Championships when we are riding our own race."
Cooke will now head to the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre (ETC) in Italy for targeted individual sessions, before the dual reigning and seven-time world champion joins the entire Australian team ahead of the Para Road World Championships which begin August 2.
"I'm looking forward to training at the ETC, it will help me acclimatise to the heat in Italy and help me focus solely on what I am here to do," Cooke added. "But I think one of the most important things is that I will be doing some specific sprint training in the next four weeks. My last two World Cup Road Races have come down to the final sprint and as history has shown Jill has got me on both of those."
"I'm looking forward to Worlds and looking forward to being back with the team. Obviously, my goal is to hold on to both my World Championship jerseys and I am feeling very fit and confident that I can do it."
Read more about Carol here.
2018 has been stellar to date for Sydney's Kaarle McCulloch with dual Commonwealth Games gold, plus silver and bronze, a thirteenth national title, and a host of new personal best times across the boards.
On the eve of her departure to July's Japan Track Cup, McCulloch chatted with us about her memorable week at the Games, hitting the mountain bike trails, partnering with Steph Morton and the fire that burns for a second Olympic Games appearance.
"I guess the thing that stands out the most that most people never realise is how nervous I was ALL day."
GOLD COAST GOLD: What a week for at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with four podiums from four events including individual & team gold!
I’ve dreamt my entire career to stand on top of the podium on my own at an event like the Commonwealth Games. I love the team sprint and it holds something very special to me, but to win the time trial and to be able to say I did that all on my own was very special.
The thing that stands out the most that most people never realise is how nervous I was ALL day. I really sincerely believe that if you’re not nervous you can’t do exceptional things and I was able to turn all those nerves into something really special.
I had already raced the event in my mind so many times before without outcome and so the ride itself was one of those ‘dream moments’ that you don’t get very often in your career. I can really only say I have had that kind of moment three or so times my career and they have mostly all come at critical times like in 2009 when Anna and I won our first World Title together.
When I crossed the line and saw 33.5, I was so happy because my goal was to ride 33.5. Also, when I saw Steph rode 33.6 I was so happy for her because that was a huge PB for her but I also knew that if I nailed it that I was capable of winning.
Some of the memorable moments of that night were when Steph came to congratulate me, I felt an honest and genuine connection with her in that moment and I think it speaks loads about our camaraderie. I was also able to go and hug my family who has known my aspirations and I really felt like they won that night.
"It has been a hard slog since getting back into it, as all offseason training is especially in the cold, but its the necessary evil of what we do, you have to hurt if you want to win."
VETERAN MOVE: When taking a post-Games break means hopping on a mountain bike!
I have learnt that it is so important to take a proper break after big events. As a team, we were allowed two weeks off at Gold Coast 2018- which included the second week in the Games Village after our racing finished and isn’t much of a break!
So when we were told to get back into some easy work two weeks after, I wasn’t quite ready and instead I let myself be inspired to get back on again. This didn’t take long though because…I bought a mountain bike! I have since been thoroughly enjoying being truly out with nature and just doing something so different.
I was able to spend time with my family and my boyfriend and I felt like my batteries were recharged when I did go back to Adelaide four weeks after the games. Since then its been a hard slog as all offseason training is, especially in the cold but its the necessary evil of what we do, you have to hurt if you want to win.
"I have been able to watch Steph grow every year and that makes me glad she is on my team and no one else’s!"
NEW PARTNERSHIP: McCulloch, a three-time team sprint world champion & 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, is firing with new partner Steph Morton.
I am really so excited for the Team Sprint! Steph and I have already been a force to be reckoned with but in all honesty, we haven’t really spent that much time working together. So now that I have moved to Adelaide I feel like we can go a step further in our partnership.
I am also just so proud of Steph. When she first came into this program in 2013, she was so raw and didn’t realise her talent. But I see her grow every year and she is starting to believe in her potential and I guess that makes me glad she is on my team and no one else’s!
But I think for myself also I just see improvement every day and I am glad I got through the rough times I went through because I feel like I am on the other side now and really pushing that last bit up to the summit of Mount Everest.
"It is a scary prospect of what it will take to win, but then you see the plan and the steps to get there you start to realise that it is very possible."
NO STONE UNTURNED: McCulloch knows what it will take to get to Tokyo 2020.
Tokyo is my big goal. The Commonwealth Games gave me the realisation that the sky is the limit. I feel such potential and energy, like when I was preparing for the London Olympics when I super focused and really balanced in all aspects of my life.
I also have a plan now through to Tokyo as set by my support team down in Adelaide, and when you can see your plan it is a scary prospect of what it will take to win, but then you see there are steps to get there, you start to realise that it is very possible.
I know what it takes to win, I know what it feels like to step out on to an Olympic Velodrome and I have been the best in the world.
So for me really it is about enjoying the next 766 days, working hard, believing in my plan and my team and building on the momentum that Steph and I have and putting that into a result on race day.
Kaarle will race the Japan Cup in July before heading back to Australia for Adelaide’s Oceania Championship in October and the 2018/19 World Cup season.
Photos © Tim Bardsley-Smith / Casey Gibson
Dual reigning world champion Carol Cooke will warm up for her title defence at the second round of the UCI Para World Cup in the Netherlands this weekend.
Cooke, who claimed gold and silver at the first round of the World Cup in Belgium in May, will race the TT on Friday and the Road Race on Saturday (6pm/530pm AEST).
“I’m looking forward to racing here, I had great races here last year, winning both the Road Race and TT, so I am hoping to do the same thing again this year,” said Cooke, who will line up in a small, but strong field, which includes Jill Walsh (USA) and Marie-Eve Croteau (CAN).
“At this point, I am probably at the fittest level I have ever been (especially in the gym) and I’m feeling good leading into these races next week.”
It has been a successful start to the 2018 season, and the qualification process towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, for the for the Australian Para-cycling Team with twelve medals, including six gold at May’s World Cup.
Following the Championships, Cooke will head to the Australian Institute of Sport base in Italy before later joining the entire Australian team ahead of the Para Road World Championships which begin August 2.
Follow Carol at the UCI Para World Cup in the Netherlands via the official website or via the UCI.
Canadian based Argon 18 and Cycling Australia have signed a contract to the end of 2020 to supply bikes to the elite Australian Cycling Team track squad.
With the stated goal of gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in mind, Cycling Australia undertook a review in 2017 that encompassed all aspects of the team’s performances and sought improvements in all areas including athlete welfare, coaching support and technology.
Simon Jones, Performance Director, Australian Cycling Team: “This partnership with Argon 18 is really exciting for the Australian Cycling Team, and fits perfectly with our stated direction and ambition for ongoing world-class success in the future. We felt as a team we needed to seek new and innovative technology solutions.
“We conducted a thorough worldwide search and carefully considered our options. We knew this was a big decision and we gave it a massive amount of thought and research. We’re taking a broader approach to how we produce results and Argon 18 are our partner. This is more than ‘just the bikes’; this is partnership with shared goals.”
For Argon 18, it’s an opportunity to join with one of the powerhouses of global cycling and work in a truly collaborative manner towards a shared and stated goal: Olympic success.
Martin Faubert, R&D Director, Argon 18: “Our partnership with Cycling Australia for Tokyo 2020 will see us fully utilise Argon 18’s engineering prowess and cutting-edge technical expertise. Working in collaboration with Cycling Australia our goals are precise, and we target nothing less than the fastest bike in the world. We’re already hard at work with their engineers and mechanics and we want to bring home Olympic gold as much as they do.”
Gervais Rioux, CEO & Founder Argon 18: “We’re totally thrilled that Cycling Australia have partnered with the team here at Argon 18. Even though track cycling is a niche market in the cycling industry, we at Argon 18 think it is important that we establish ourselves as the leader in the sport, with the best products and be number one in track cycling. Partnering with a clearly results driven team will allow us to bring new technology and our deeper aerodynamic knowledge to future products. Look for some surprising results in Tokyo 2020.”
The first bikes have been delivered to the Australian Cycling Team’s headquarters in Adelaide with a complete roll out in the coming months.
The Australian Women’s Track Endurance squad escaped the cold Australian winter in June and warmed up with some racing across Europe and the USA.
In Australia’s track off season, recently added members to the Australian team in Macey Stewart and Kristina Clonan headed to the Czech Cup in Brno in June, before being joined by Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly at the French Cup.
The team enjoyed a number of wins across the two weekends of racing, including Manly and Cure in the Madison and Manly in the scratch race. However, the racing was marred by a nasty crash involving Edmondson. Following a few days of recovery in the hospital, Edmondson is now on a managed return her to exercise as she recovers.
“It is great to be together and racing in what is normally peak road season,” said Bartram. "Across both weekends, the racing was fierce and challenging. And the different style tracks definitely challenged the girls."
But last weekend’s French Cup was also a reminder of the risks we take in this sport and the valuable support you need around you,” revealed Bartram, who praised the Cycling Australia performance support staff in Dave Hayes and Doctor Mark Fisher, in addition to Kimberly Wells who assisted via the European Training Centre.
”Following the crash, the riders fantastic as they helped pick up the slack and looked after themselves while was dealing with Nettie in the hospital.
"Also a huge shout out to Nettie’s friend Laura Weislo who stayed with Nettie and me from the ambulance ride to her being discharged, translated and drove us around and pushed the doctors as we needed. I certainly recommend her for any team currently looking for a soigneur or the like!”
On the other side of the world, Georgia Baker and Ashlee Ankudinoff are currently racing in the USA, with the pair each recording two stage wins the Tour of America’s Dairyland.
In July, the pair will fly to Europe to join the rest of the squad in Italy for some more track racing in Fiorenzuola, while Macey and Kristina will also head with a CA squad to the Japan Track Cup for their first look at the 2020 Olympic Velodrome.
After 20 years of success on the world stage, Cycling Australia and bike manufacturer BT are announcing the end of their partnership.
Steve Drake, CEO, Cycling Australia: “There’s a lot to be proud of on both sides. It’s a partnership that has spanned five Olympiads, five Commonwealth Games and 20 World Championships. Many riders have raced their entire careers on a BT bike. A casual glance at the names of riders aboard a BT over the journey is a who’s who of Australian track racing. I’d like to personally thank BT for their efforts and development over the many years of this partnership.”
For Sydney 2000 Olympian Scott McGrory, the BT partnership was just in its early days when he and riding partner Brett Aitken produced the ultimate reward; a gold medal in front of a home crowd.
Scott McGrory: “At the Sydney Olympic Games, Brett Aitken and I had the confidence of knowing we had the best bikes on the velodrome. After the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, we were fortunate to have been gifted our gold medal winning BT's that in my mind sit along with the medals themselves as a symbol of our greatest success.”
BT and Cycling Australia: A snapshot.
Cycling Australia will announce a new equipment partner shortly.
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Just three weeks out from the 2018 Tour de France, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has claimed his biggest season victory to date, the Tour de Suisse.
Biggest victory of my career!" Porte tweeted.
Porte finished more than a minute clear on the overall standings, sealing the overall victory after the final stage time trial won by his team-mate Stefan Küng.
"It's absolutely incredible. Winning the team time trial and then the guys did such a fantastic job all week and to win this race, it means a lot to me.
“I’m ready for the Tour de France. I did a good race here. I’m not at the top of my form just yet so I am excited for July.”
“Before this race, I hadn’t raced since Tour de Romandie. I was at home for the birth of my son two weeks ago and I’ve only had one night at home with him so, I think it’s great for me to get to go home for a bit of time before a training camp and then hopefully I’ll be better at the Tour de France.”
Otsukaresamadeshita - A Japanese expression with multiple uses and meanings, but usually used when aiming to appreciate or value somebody's hard work.
A phrase that can be said the way of Australian Cycling Team member Steph Morton who, despite a storming 2017/18 summer season which netted triple Commonwealth Games gold, World Championship sprint silver, and three national crowns, has allowed herself little time for celebration or rest.
A week after leaving the Games Village on the Gold Coast in April, the South Australian flew to Japan to contest her second season of the lucrative, invitation-only Japanese Keirin Series.
Morton sat down with us this week to talk about the Japanese racing and cultural experience, what they really get up to during ‘lockdown’, the joy of balancing racing and study, and of course, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which is little more than two years away.
"When you get an invitation, you grab it with both hands."
SPRINTER’S BUCKET LIST: The Series features thousands of registered Japanese riders who are joined by a select few international riders, and as one of the country’s top legalised gambling sports, is highly regulated.
This year I have come in just after the Commonwealth Games, at the back end of my break, so racing this year has been different. I have had to rely more on my tactics and race knowledge rather than my legs.
But even after a small break and off the back of the Games, I have come here in good form. I have completed five races all up, one more than 2017, over the two-month period, and I have grabbed two firsts and two seconds so I am really stoked considering.
But here it is not just about the racing and the money. Even if there wasn’t the prize money involved, it is still a great life experience. We get to race different girls every time, meeting new people, learning new things.
It is not often you get to come to a race and honestly just be able to have fun. Every other race we do there is usually either a selection pending, or you feel you have to perform to justify your position, but here you can enjoy the experience and have fun.
Not that I don’t normally enjoy racing, that’s not what I am saying, it is just different here, it is more relaxed which is quite refreshing.
You still obviously want to win as people are putting money on you to win, but with regards to the stress of international racing, you have a bit more freedom to relax.
It is a great experience, and definitely a bucket list item for a sprinter to get an invite here. When you get an invitation, you grab it with both hands.
"Because you have no technology, you can’t watch funny cat videos on YouTube, but it is quite refreshing."
LOCKDOWN, OLD SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY & SOLITUDE: Riders are placed into lockdown for days prior each race without technology to prevent any race tactics or information from reaching the outside world.
We are usually in lockdown for three days ahead of race day. The first day when you arrive is called Zenken Day, when you do your medical checks, build your bike and have bike inspections.
After that, you get some time to train but as the women only get 20 minutes a day to go on the track, once you’re done with that, you have to pass the time any way you can.
It is tough at first because you have no technology and you can’t watch funny cat videos on YouTube, but it is quite refreshing.
It does deprive you of time you could be studying, getting assignments done, or watching lectures, so I have to be on the ball and planning what readings could I be doing, how could I be making use of my time without technology.
Many of the riders bring old school things like portable DVD players, I didn’t even know they still existed, as you can’t bring anything that has a connection to the outside world. No phones, laptops.
Also, through the translator, we talk to the Japanese girls a lot. Despite the language barrier, we have a really good time in lockdown and learn a lot from each other.
"I actually wish I had started study earlier, but I didn’t realise you could manage study and a cycling career."
MONEY, STUDY AND WORK-LIFE BALANCE: The Japanese Keirin Series affords Morton a rare chance to earn substantial prize money from racing, and allows her to continue her study towards completing her Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.
Track cycling in general as a sport is quite hard to make money, so it is nice to come over here, even if only for a short time.
We don’t get superannuation, we are paid off of results and performances, One year you might get a result or season and one year you might not, that is just the reality and nature of sport.
The girls racing here for the full season are earning big bucks and good on them. For the rest of us, this is a bit of a security blanket, as money like this can help to set me up for later in life.
But (study) is also a good distraction from the racing. In between training sessions, or if I have a free afternoon I can do something productive rather than watching Netflix.
Yes, it can add a level of complexity studying over here as I had to get my exams papers sent over here and one of the university staff had to sit in for two hours and watch me do my exam.
But I believe that not enough people are doing enough away from cycling, it is easy to get caught up in the moment of cycling.
I actually wish I had started to study earlier, but I didn’t realise you could manage study and a cycling career.
Now, I am just chipping away doing one subject at a time, and I can put in 100% in one subject each semester.
It will take me a while, but when I retire from cycling, I won’t have too much to go.
"As the Games get closer the racing just gets harder, everyone is getting hungrier and getting faster."
TOWARD TOKYO 2020: The 2018/19 season marks the opening of the qualification period for track cycling ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games beginning with the Oceania Championships.
I am looking forward to heading home and getting a really solid block of training in Adelaide with the whole Australian Cycling Team and staff around me.
Sometimes I have been at the indoor track completely all by myself training, so when you’re used to having a full squad of athletes and staff around you at training, you have to motivate yourself, you don’t have your teammates yelling at your during an effort.
I have had a bit of success over the past two years, but we are heading into the finals two years and that is where the ante really steps up.
As the Games get closer the racing just gets harder, everyone is getting hungrier, everyone is getting faster.
But I try not to get too caught up in what has been, and what could be, I have to keep focusing on myself. Which is hard as an athlete, it is hard not to see what others are doing and their results, but you have to block it out and focus on yourself.
And I am really excited for the coming season which will be here before you know it. But I won’t be going into every race expecting to win it, that is not realistic. As sometimes you learn the most when you lose. Getting the win is great but sometimes bot getting the win is also great.
It is going to be a hard slog back in Adelaide, but I am ready for the big push toward Tokyo. Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you can get better.
As long as I done everything I can do in application to training, recovery and working on what I need to, then I that is all I can do.
To be here racing, and be part of the hype before the Olympic Games, is amazing. We train on the Olympic Velodrome regularly, we have been driven to where the Athletes Village will be, it has been a great privilege.
It makes you realise the Japanese team has a huge advantage, as not often is the Olympic Velodrome built so far in advance from a Games.
It is nice to be able to get some time on the track, get comfortable on it and hopefully if I am there in 2020, it will feel second nature.
Photos courtesy Steph Morton, Girls Keirin, Natasha Hansen, MoreCadence
Australia’s Saya Sakakibara claimed sixth in her first elite career World Championship final at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
An unfortunate incident in final saw the 18-year-old taken out by the bike of American Alise Willoughby who had crashed in front of her as the group made the second turn.
Credibly, Sakakibara got back on her bike and finished the race to take sixth place behind the all Dutch podium of Laura Smulders, Merel Smulders and Judy Baauw.
“I was coming about seventh and was able to do a really good move on the first corner and got myself into fifth but Alise (Willoughby) crashed in front of me and I ran into her bike,” Sakakibara explained.
“That ended things for me but I came away with a sixth which is pretty awesome.
“I was already happy just to be in the final. It’s all a learning experience for me so I’m stoked.”
In the men's, Anthony Dean finished ninth.
The Tokyo 2020 games are now under 800 days away.
Cycling Australia’s (CA) commitment to Olympic and Paralympic Gold medal performances and Athlete Wellbeing continues.
In line with the Cycling Australia High Performance Strategy announced in October 2017, additional athletes will join the Australian Cycling Team in October 2018, as part of the new Podium Potential Track Academy. The Track Academy is a vital part of the elite athlete pathway and one of the cornerstones of the Australian Cycling Team’s long-term strategic plan.
These talented young athletes will train alongside the Podium Athletes, be based in Adelaide, and be provided with resources and support to develop them towards 2024. As well as these longer-term prospects, it is possible that a small number of these athletes will bridge the gap to the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Simon Jones, Cycling Australia’s Performance Director: “Our goal is as clear now as it was when I started. Success at the Olympics in 2020 and 2024 is our goal, and we define ‘success’ as Olympic Gold. Our plan is all about continuing our focussed trajectory to Tokyo and beyond.
“An important element of the team’s balance and make up is to ensure a consistent flow of talent enters into the performance program, and we look forward to welcoming new riders into the Australian Cycling Team later in the year.”
As well as the new athletes set to join the Podium Potential Track Academy later this year, the Australian Cycling Team is also set to welcome three new elite riders:
While the Australian Cycling Team is set to welcome many new riders, with a limited number of Team places available, four athletes will be transitioned out of the Australian Cycling Team system. Those athletes are:
Simon Jones: “It is always difficult to make these tough decisions and it is stressful for all parties in these circumstances. Of course, we recognise and understand it is especially tough for the athlete.
“I want to take this opportunity to recognise the contribution these four athletes have made to the Team and wish them all the best going forward. We will ensure in the short term that they have a support network around them and readily accessible support via our Senior Personal Excellence Advisor Mark Gregory, who is there to guide elite athletes through these complex transitions.
The Australian Cycling Team’s commitment to improving athlete wellbeing is further reflected via a new AIS directorship centred around Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement. CA will seek to engage the new director Matti Clements to develop an even deeper understanding of this critically important piece of the elite athlete success puzzle.
Further, the Australian Cycling Team has appointed Dr Ruth Anderson to the newly created role of Performance Psychologist and Behaviours. Dr Anderson is set to join CA in July. While this role will focus primarily on performance optimisation, Dr Anderson will also be an integral part of the support team that will oversee the implementation of additional athlete wellbeing and engagement tactics.
Finally, Cycling Australia have recruited Dr Paolo Menaspa as Head of Performance Solutions. Dr Menaspa will play a key role in supporting the coaching and performance support team to identify and deliver performance enhancing solutions.
Further depth will be added to the team shortly, with recruitment currently underway for a new Strength and Conditioning Coach and a new Para-cycling Technical Director; a replacement for Peter Day who will be retiring in September after decades of service to Cycling Australia.
Simon Jones: “Ultimately, we believe that our Performance Strategy will continue to deliver an optimum overall makeup of the Team as we strive for excellence at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic, for 2024 and beyond”.
Cycling Australia will shortly publish a full list of Australian Cycling Team Track and Para-cycling Athlete Members.