AusCycling has confirmed the junior U19 men’s and women’s Australian Cycling Team for the forthcoming 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, from September 18-25.
Nine junior cyclists have been selected to represent the green and gold at Wollongong 2022, with five women and four men making up the squad.
National and Oceania time trial champion Isabelle Carnes will line up for Australia, as will current Oceania road race champion Belinda Bailey and young Wagga Wagga talent Bronte Stewart, who has been a consistent performer in 2022.
All three were part of the AusCycling under-19 development camp in Europe earlier this year.
Two-time junior women criterium national champion Lucinda Stewart will also don the Australian kit once again at Wollongong 2022, after doing so earlier this year at the Santos Festival of Cycling.
The junior women’s squad is rounded out by Talia Appleton, who is the youngest of the quintet.
Current junior men road race national champion Cameron Rogers will become the fourth member of his family to race at a Road Worlds, following in the footsteps of his father Peter and uncles Michael and Deane.
Fellow Canberran Oscar Chamberlain joins Rogers in the squad after impressive performances throughout the first half of the 2022 season, which includes winning the junior men’s Oceania Road Race Championship and E3 Saxo Bank Classic Juniors in Belgium.
Tasmanian duo Hamish McKenzie and William Eaves complete the men’s side of the junior Wollongong 2022 squad.
McKenzie is the current junior men’s time trial and criterium national champion and Eaves is the current junior men’s Oceania time trial champion.
All four of the junior men’s squad took part in the AusCycling under-19 development camp in Europe back in May and have remained overseas to continue racing during the Australian winter.
AusCycling Interim Director of Performance Pathways Donna Rae-Szalinski said she was very happy to reintroduce this vital pathway opportunity after international travel restrictions precluded participation for Australian juniors at the previous two editions of the UCI Road World Championships.
“This is a vital component in our performance pathway offering an international experience in an environment supportive of their development both on and off the bike,” Rae-Szalinski said.
Team quotas are subject to confirmation of UCI qualification, due to be released in August.
Australian National Junior Team - 2022 UCI Road World Championships
Oscar Chamberlain (ACT – Canberra Cycling Club)
Cameron Rogers (ACT – Canberra Cycling Club)
Hamish McKenzie (TAS – Northern Districts Cycling Club)
William Eaves (TAS – City of Burnie Cycling Club)
Isabelle Carnes (QLD – Balmoral Cycling Club)
Lucinda Stewart (VIC – Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)
Bronte Stewart (NSW – Tolland Cycling Club)
Talia Appleton (VIC – Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club/Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)
Belinda Bailey (VIC – Bendigo & District Cycling Club)
Sunday, September 18 – Sunday, September 25