Cycling Australia Media Release
19 July 2004
Junior Cyclones depart for Los Angeles
The 13 member ‘Cyclones’ junior track team will head to Los Angeles tomorrow to contest the 2004 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships which begins on July 28th.
The team includes defending junior points race World Champion, Miles Olman (QLD) who will be trying to claim back to back crowns. Victorian Michael Ford heads to LA as the world record holder in the 3km individual pursuit a record he set at the Australian Championships in April. In the qualifying round of the event Ford broke Brad McGee’s record that had stood for ten years. He went on to claim the Australian Title. Ford claimed the silver medal in the pursuit at last year’s Junior World Championships but now has his eye on the gold medal.
Coach Gary Sutton says the team has been training well and they are looking forward to racing on the newly constructed Carson Velodrome near Long Beach.
“The team has been absolutely fantastic in training,” said Sutton. “Although Ford and Olman are battling some minor injury and illness problems.”
While the men’s roster boasts several riders who have experienced World Championship competition the five women on the team are all first year junior riders and will be making their World Championship debut.
Sutton admits Australia’s record of success at junior level will put pressure on the riders.
“I’m not putting pressure on them but they certainly have their own high expectations and want to maintain our strong record,” he said. “They’re fit and they’ve done all the hard work so it’s just a case of putting it all together in the race.”
The Cyclones main rivals are expected to be Russia and Poland.
“Russia has a very strong development program and are equal with us at the international junior level,” said Sutton. “Poland has been producing some great sprint talent.”
2004 Cyclones – Junior Track Cycling World Championships
Carson Velodrome - Los Angeles, USA July 28 – August 1st
- Simon Clarke Selby, VIC 3159 18.07.86
- Mitchell Docker Rosanna VIC 02.10.86
- Michael Ford Dandenong North VIC 23.04.86
- Matthew Goss Rowella TAS 05.11.86
- Corey Heath Katherine NT 10.05.86
- Miles Olman North Rockhampton QLD 23.02.86
- Shane Perkins Hughesdale VIC 30.12.86
- Daniel Thorsen Shepparton VIC 26.11.86
- Skye-Lee Armstrong Bella Vista NSW 01.01.87
- Jennifer Loutit Chapman ACT 13.09.87
- Bianca Rogers Gulfview Heights SA 27.04.87
- Amanda Spratt Springwood NSW 17.09.87
- Hayley Wright Camp Hill QLD 16.12.87
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