30 January 2014
High-level cycling action will move from the road to the track after another successful Santos Tour Down Under.
Australia's best cyclists will compete at the Adelaide Super-Drome at the 2014 Subaru Cycling Australia National Track Championships.
20 South Australian riders, including World, Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Anna Meares, will be battling it out for selection for next month’s World Track Championships in Colombia.
Anna will be joined by other hometown favorites, Jack Bobridge, Nettie Edmondson and Glenn O’Shea as South Australia battles the rest of the nation at the Adelaide Super-Drome at Gepps Cross.
Meares will be racing in the 500m time trial – an event in which she was the first female to go under 33 seconds and subsequently break the world record – at the world cup in Mexico last year.
There will be two South Australian senior men's teams in the team pursuit and this will include a welcome return to the event for Olympic silver medallist Jack Bobridge, as well as Alex Edmondson, Luke Davison, Miles Scotson, Josh Harrison and Glenn O’Shea, who were all part of the National Australian Team Pursuit squad that won all rounds of the world cup.
Brother and sister Alex and Nettie Edmondson, who were both recently crowned with the National Omnium title, will be looking to bring home medals in the individual pursuit and the scratch race.
The event will also be a chance for the U19 riders to show their potential for selection to the Junior World Track Championships, which will be held in Korea in August. Callum Scotson will lead one of the two teams in the U19 Team Pursuit as the current Junior World Champion in this event. The experienced Dan Ellis, who recently made a very successful comeback to the track following time off after the Beijing Olympics, will lead the men's team sprint.
Racing highlights will be shown on SBS ONE from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Friday 31 January, Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February.
South Australian riders taking part in the 2014 Subaru Cycling Australia Track National Championships:
Seniors (14 male and 6 female)
U19 (13 male and 4 female)