An extraordinary squad of 121 athletes will represent the ARA Australian Cycling Team at the first all-in UCI Cycling World Championships this August.
Australia will compete in 10 disciplines in and around Glasgow, chasing rainbow jerseys in what’s been billed the biggest cycling event ever staged.
Freestyle BMX, BMX racing, cross-country, cross-country marathon, downhill, observed trials, road cycling, track cycling and para-cycling (road and track) will all be on the team’s program from August 3–13.
The ARA Australian Cycling Team named today by AusCycling includes:
They will be joined by 129 Australians competing in BMX Challenge and at least 108 who will contest the Gran Fondo.
Paul Brosnan, Chef de Mission for the ARA Australian Cycling Team, said: “This will be a massive event on a scale of major multi-sport games.
“We will have 350 athletes and 80 staff on the ground across Scotland, participating in almost every event on offer.
“With such an extraordinary cohort of riders, Australia will be among the most competitive nations. We’ve been preparing for this event for months, and our athletes are ready to show off what they can do on the world stage.”
Marne Fechner, CEO of AusCycling, said: “These World Championships will showcase the strength, breadth and depth of Australian cycling and riding across every discipline.
“There will be many a late night for Australian fans, who’ll be cheering on our heroes into the early hours of the morning. We know our amazing team will do us proud in Glasgow.”
The team was chosen in accordance with AusCycling’s selection policies.
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Olympic champion Logan Martin headlines Australia’s BMX Freestyle campaign as he seeks a third career world title.
A win in Glasgow would make another exceptional season for Australia’s most decorated freestyle rider: Martin won the national title, Oceania title, and two rounds of the UCI World Cup this year.
He’ll be joined by Alec Danelutti, Joshua Matthews and a resurgent Jaie Toohey, who was fourth at the World Cup round in Montpellier.
Natayla Diehm will contest her first World Championship since returning from an ACL injury. Completing the team is Sarah Nicki, the reigning Oceania and national champion, who at 16 years old will be among the youngest riders at Glasgow Green.
Fresh from her World Cup win in Papendal, Saya Sakakibara will aim to continue her sparkling form when she contests the UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Glasgow.
The Australian champion, who was sidelined by concussion last year, will be joined by Lauren Reynolds, who’s booked her ticket for her 13th elite World Championship.
Rio Olympian and national champion Bodi Turner will make his first World Championship appearance since 2017. He will be the sole Australian in the elite men’s competition after Izaac Kennedy suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.
They’ll join the eight junior and under-23 athletes announced earlier this year.
After her World Cup podium in Val di Sole, Rebecca Henderson has reminded the field that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The Canberran has twice been a World Championship medallist, and Australian fans will be right behind her during the cross-country mountain bike events.
In the men’s races, Australian champion Sam Fox will line up for his first elite Worlds alongside Cameron Ivory, who has chosen to skip the Marathon race to focus on XCO.
Commonwealth Games medallist Zoe Cuthbert will fly the Aussie flag in the under-23 women’s races. She’ll hope for a high placing after scoring her best-ever World Cup result earlier this year.
In the Marathon event, national road champion Brodie Chapman will go back to her MTB roots when she takes on the 96-kilometre race. Tali Lane Welsh and Joel Green will ride the men’s Marathon race, while Caleb Dodds will represent Australia in E-MTB.
These riders will join the junior riders who were selected last month.
Twenty-three riders will represent the ARA Australian Cycling Team at the UCI Downhill MTB World Championships in Fort William.
Three-time medallist Troy Brosnan will contest his 12th world titles since he burst onto the scene as a back-to-back junior world champion. Fourth in Val di Sole shows the South Australian is on track to fight for rainbows in the Scottish Highlands.
Australian champions Luke Meier-Smith and Sian A’Hern are also among the elite squad. A’Hern’s 10th place at Val di Sole will give her confidence, while Meier-Smith will be aiming for a successful return from a collarbone fracture.
There will be two sets of siblings in the team, with 2019 junior world champion Kye A’Hern and 2022 junior runner-up Remy Meier-Smith also earning selection.
Among the younger members of the squad are Jackson Connelly, Oliver Davis, Elise Empey and Oceania champion Lia Ladbrook, who will be making their elite World Championship debuts.
The team is rounded out by Ellie Smith and Josh Arcus, adding to the 12 junior downhillers selected in May.
Arabella Green, Cassie Voysey and Sam Hill were also selected but unable to compete.
Thirteen Australians will contest the para-cycling road events in Dumfries.
New to para-cycling, Alana Forster will make her World Championship debut after winning the national title in January. Hand-cyclist Lauren Parker also makes her para-cycling Worlds debut, but from a vastly different background – the para-triathlon world champion is no stranger to success at this level, albeit in another sport.
The rest of the team is comprised of seasoned campaigners. Among them is nine-time world champion Carol Cooke, who will continue her storied career when she lines up for the T2 time trial and road race.
Cooke joins Kaitlyn Schurmann, Meg Lemon, Paige Greco, Emily Petricola, Darren Hicks and Stuart Jones among those who medalled at last year’s Worlds. Alistair Donohoe, however, has been forced to withdraw with a foot injury.
Previously a medallist on the track, Keiran Murphy returns to World Championship racing on the road with a new tandem pilot in Michael Freiberg, a former elite national champion.
David Nicholas and Grant Allen complete Australia’s team for para-cycling on the road.
The combined track cycling and para-cycling programs will see Australia’s best para-cyclists take centre stage in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Emily Petricola and Amanda Reid return as defending world champions, looking to retain their rainbow bands.
Jessica Gallagher and her pilot Caitlin Ward will return to British soil just over a year after winning dual Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham. They will be joined by fellow tandem riders Beau Wootton and Byron Davies, who will be making their World Championship debut.
Alana Forster, Paige Greco, Meg Lemon, Darren Hicks and David Nicholas are among those who will be fighting for rainbows on both track and road.
Rounding out the squad are Gordon Allan, Michael Shippley, Erin Rowell and Tahlia Clayton-Goodie, all with strong medal hopes.
Unfortunately, Alistair Donohoe will not be able to defend his scratch race title, having been forced to withdraw with a foot injury.
Having secured the maximum quota possible, Australia will field competitive teams for the elite road races in Glasgow.
Grace Brown headlines a star-studded women’s roster that also includes national champion Brodie Chapman. Amanda Spratt will make her 11th elite appearance while up-and-coming sprinter Ruby Roseman-Gannon earns her World Championship debut.
Brown, a silver medallist in last year’s time trial, will contest the race against the clock, as will neo-pro Georgie Howe.
The men’s team will see Michael Matthews seek a fourth career World Championship medal after winning bronze in Wollongong. The fast-finishing Caleb Ewan and Kaden Groves have been selected, while the rest of the team consists of leading Classics riders, including the experienced Simon Clarke.
Two-time world champion Rohan Dennis will contest the final ITT title of his career before retirement. Joining Dennis against the clock will be national champion Jay Vine in his Worlds debut on the road.
As defending champions, Australia’s men’s team sprinters will arrive at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with high hopes. Tom Cornish, Matthew Glaetzer, Leigh Hoffman and Matthew Richardson will aim to repeat the feat from 12 months ago and secure another set of rainbow bands.
Queensland sprint queen and Commonwealth champion Kristina Clonan returns after last year’s promising World Championship debut as a track sprinter.
On the endurance side, Georgia Baker, Maeve Plouffe and Alex Manly rejoin Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran in the national set-up as they continue to balance professional road aspirations with track cycling goals.
Likewise, Olympic bronze medallists Sam Welsford and Kelland O’Brien will return to the boards alongside Josh Duffy, Conor Leahy and young Oliver Bleddyn, the latter in his elite Worlds debut. The team pursuits will take on extra significance as Australia aims to secure more qualification points towards Paris 2024.
2015 Trials world champion Janine Jungfels will make her 11th World Championship appearance for Australia.
The four-time World Championship medallist will be joined by fellow Queenslander and six-time national champion Nathan Mummery.
Matthew Harding and Sebastian Zepeda Flores complete Australia’s squad for observed trials, which will be held in Glasgow Green.