Cycling Australia is pleased to announce a twelve member Australian Team which will contest the 2019 BMX Racing World Championships in Belgium in July.
The elite team is headlined by siblings Saya Sakakibara and Kai Sakakibara alongside Olympians Lauren Reynolds and Anthony Dean.
Wollongong’s Saya Sakakibara heads into the World Championships following a solid first half to her 2019 World Cup Season which boasts two finals appearances highlighted by fifth last week in round six in France.
Kai Sakakibara equalled his career-best World Cup result with a fourth-place finish in May’s third round, while Dean’s consistent season has seen him reach the finals in France and semi finals on two occasions.
Dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds continues her push for a third Games with a string of strong performances highlighted by fourth in round four in May.
Matt Krasevskis, Izaac Kennedy, Josh McLean will make their elite World Championship debut after strong performances during domestic and international events.
The Under 19 team includes Des’ree Barnes, Matt Tidswell, Jack Davis, Oliver Moran and Corey Taylor.
“The current international race scene is tougher than ever and the selected team have demonstrated they are the strongest individuals and able to qualify through the rounds against an international field,” Wade Bootes, Cycling Australia BMX Technical Director.
“Performances from Australian athletes during the first six World Cups this year have highlighted that while we have some challenges to overcome, we have also confirmed we are on a trajectory to meet our objective of a medal winning result at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
The 2019 BMX Racing World Championships finals for the elite and junior categories will be held at the BMX Club Circuit in Zolder on Saturday 27 July.
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In action for the Australian Cycling Team will be Wollongong’s Saya Sakakibara, Kai Sakakibara and Adelaide's Anthony Dean.
Saya heads into the weekend fresh off a final and semi-final appearance at the third and fourth rounds held in April, with two podium finishes at the equivalent 2018 rounds held on the Paris track also strong in her memory.
Kai equalled his career-best World Cup result with a fourth-place finish in the third round last month, while Anthony progressed to the semi-final at the opening two rounds in England in April.
The World Cups provide valuable points towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification.
Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the 14 athletes selected to the Australian Team for the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships to be held from 12-15 September in Emmen, the Netherlands.
It has been a stellar opening to the 2019 international season for Australian para-cyclists with a 24-medal haul, including eight gold, captured across the first two rounds of the 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup season in May.
Seven-time world champion Carol Cooke (VIC), reigning world champion Emilie Miller (NSW), and newcomer Paige Greco (SA) have been selected following their superb start to 2019 which sees them wearing the World Cup leader's jerseys in their respective categories.
2019 world champion on the track Emily Petricola (VIC) receives her first road team selection, with 2018 Road World Championship medallists Kaitlyn Schurmann (VIC), Hannah Macdougall (VIC) and Meg Lemon (SA) also selected.
Reigning road champion Alistair Donohoe (VIC), dual Paralympic champion David Nicholas (QLD) and Darren Hicks (SA) will all be eager to add a road world title to the rainbow jerseys claimed at the 2019 Track World Championships in March.
The Australian Team will contest the third round of the World Cup in Canada in August ahead of September's World Championships.
Offering valuable qualification points towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the Championships will see the Australian Team vie against 200 of the world's best from 30 countries in the road races and time trials.
Roaring into the finals with the best semi final score, a bout of food poisoning the morning of the finals halted the Logan Martin run at the top spot at the second round of the BMX Freestyle World Cup competition in Montpellier.
19-year-old American Justin Dowdell (91.20 points) took the win, Martin scoring 89.6 points on his first final run, before calling off his second early. It was the second straight bronze for the Gold Coast cyclist who now leads the World Cup rankings after two rounds.
"Qualified first going into finals, got a bit of food poisoning the morning of finals but came pretty good come time to ride, just lacked a bit of energy," Martin told his fans via social media. "Ended up taking third place which also means I’m sitting in first overall leading into China so I’m pumped on!!
"Can’t really complain with third but definitely felt better on my bike the previous few days! I had a lot more to do but couldn’t make it happen this time around, looking forward to the last stop in China later in the year!"
Brandon Loupos, who took the gold in the World Cup's opening round in Japan in May, landed heavily on the second jump of his first final run which ended his run, before pulling off a series of spectacular tricks including a double back flip in his second run to score 72.40 points which placed him ninth.
The third round of the 2019 BMX Freestyle World Cup will be held in China in November, just ahead of the World Championships also in China.