The last lap for Annette Edmondson

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) would like to congratulate Annette (Nettie) Edmondson on ‘one hell of a ride’, following today’s announcement she’s retired from competitive cycling.

Annette Edmondson retires

Nettie found her passion for the sport back in 2004 when she was discovered by the SASI Talent Search program.

Little did she know at the time what a life changing impact this would have on the next 17 years.

“If you had told the 12-year-old, sat in a room of students at the Adelaide SuperDrome staring up at a flowchart on the wall, that not only would she make it to the top of the flowchart and race at the Olympics, that she would do it three times, winning a bronze medal, 2x Commonwealth gold, 3x world titles and a World Record along the way, I think she would have been not only satisfied, but extremely proud,” Edmondson said.

After finding her groove on the bike, it wasn’t long before Nettie won her first Australian Championship medal in 2006 and made her first Australian team the following year in the Junior World Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Under the guidance of Tim Decker at SASI, followed by Gary Sutton at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), she went on to win silver medals in both the Omnium and Team Pursuit at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships followed by a bronze and 4th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Over the next three years (2013-2015), Nettie claimed nine World Championship medals across the Omnium, Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit and Team Time Trial, finally reaching the top in both Team Pursuit and Omnium at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships in France.

She won her third world title in the Team Pursuit at the 2019 Track World Championships in Poland.

At the Commonwealth Games, she won a gold and silver medal in Glasgow in 2014 and brought home a gold and bronze medal on the Gold Coast, four years later.

Having won her maiden road title at the start of this year in the Elite Criterium event and competing in Tokyo at the Olympic Games and in Europe for the UCI Track Champions League in the past couple of months, Nettie admits that she still has a few years in her physically, but her mind is done.

“Whilst I did not achieve my ultimate goal of Olympic gold on the track, I have achieved almost everything else that I set out to do,” Edmondson said.

“On the road, I am slightly unsatisfied.

“I do believe I had more to offer, however I chose track, and I couldn’t manage to do both disciplines at the highest level as some athletes are able (here’s looking at you Lisa Brennauer)!

“I would have loved to have seen how I would have gone with full road commitment for a few years, but now I am ready, (and more excited) for a different phase.”

SASI Cycling Head Coach Brett Aitken reflected on Nettie’s career and said her contributions to the sport on and off the bike make her a standout SASI graduate.

“Nettie truly represents one of the best ever exponents of the SASI brand who has sacrificed so much to be the best she can be in the sport of cycling but along the way has given back in bucket loads to those who have dreamed of one day achieving what she has,” Aitken said.

“Her uplifting and bubbly personality is the essence of what makes Nettie unique in that she showed us all how you can have fun doing extraordinary things in a tough and often ruthless sport and still be a world champion while doing something you love.”

Looking ahead, the 29-year-old is unsure about what’s in store next but we’re sure she’ll excel in whatever she sets her mind to.

Wishing you all the best for the next chapter Nettie – you’ll always be part of the SASI family!

Career highlights

Olympic Games

  • 3x Olympian (2012, 2016, 2020)
  • Olympic bronze (2012 - Omnium)

World Championships (Track and Road)

  • 3x World Champion (2015 – Team Pursuit, Omnium; 2019 – Team Pursuit)
  • 10x Track World Championship medals; 2 Road World Championships medals (Team Time Trial)

Commonwealth Games

  • 2x Commonwealth Games representative
  • 2x Commonwealth Games gold (2014 – Scratch; 2018 – Team Pursuit)
  • 4x Commonwealth Games medals

National Championships (Elite)

  • 16x National Champion