Australia’s best track cyclists will descend on Brisbane this week for the 2018 Cycling Australia Track National Championships.
The Anna Meares Velodrome, the official Gold Coast Commonwealth Games venue, will host the championships from Thursday until Sunday.
Riders will battle for the coveted green and gold national champions jersey in 34 events across the elite and under-19 categories, with the championships also the last hit out on the velodrome for the Australian cycling team ahead of April’s Commonwealth Games.
Bike fans will be treated to four days of non-stop action with St George Cycling Club’s triple world champion Kaarle McCulloch and reigning Commonwealth champions Matthew Glaetzer (SA), Steph Morton (SA) and Annette Edmondson (SA) and eight-time world champion Cam Meyer (WA) on the starting line.
McCulloch’s St George team mate Nick Yallouris will also be in the men’s mix while 2017 individual pursuit world champion Jordan Kerby will also line up in the team pursuit plus points and scratch races. It promises to be a hard week of men’s endurance racing with 2017 world champions Meyer, Sam Welsford (WA), Kelland O’Brien (VIC), Rohan Wight (SA) and Alex Porter (SA) all confirmed.
A superb women’s endurance field headlined by Edmondson, a third St George star in Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure (TAS) and Georgia Baker (TAS) plus Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) and Alex Manly (SA) will mix it with Brisbane local Kristina Clonan who won two medals on her debut in the elite category at the 2017 TrackNats before roaring to a stunning Madison national title last December.