SASI riders dominate Australian team for Hong Kong

A strong Australian team has been selected for the track world titles in Hong Kong with SASI providing eight athletes.

Eight South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) riders have been chosen to represent Australia at the 2017 UCI Track World Championshsips in Hong Kong from April 12 to 16.

A mix of experienced and promising young cyclists will head to Hong Kong with excellent recent form behind them.

The SASI riders in the national team are:

Sprint: Patrick Constable, Matthew Glaetzer (2012 world champion team sprint), Stephanie Morton and Holly Takos.

Women's Track Endurance: Alexandra Manly.

Men's Track Endurance: Alex Porter (2016 world champion, team pursuit), Callum Scotson (2016 world champion, team pursuit) and Rohan Wight.

Six athletes have been chosen for the women's endurance squad but the final squad of five will be announced after a training camp in Adelaide.

The depth of the Australian team is highlighted by the return of world champions  Rebecca Wiasak (ACT), Porter, 20, (SA), Scotson, 20, (SA) and Sam Welsford, 21, (WA).

Former world champions Glaetzer, 24, (SA), Cameron Meyer, 29, (WA), Kaarle McCulloch, 29, (NSW), Amy Cure, 24, (TAS) and Ashlee Ankudinoff, 26, (NSW) give the team plenty of experience to carry it through.

Glaetzer, the 2016 world sprint silver medallist and dual Olympian, is in top form. At the recent national track titles he recorded the fastest flying 200m record in Australia and also took out the national keirin crown in Brisbane.

Constable, 21, is on a high after chalking up his first sprint crown at the nationals.

In the women’s selections, eyes will be on Rio Olympian Stephanie Morton, 26, (SA) to see how she has recovered from injuries sustained in a fall late in the national championships in Brisbane. Before that event she took out the national sprint crown and fastest flying 200m time in Australia.

Hong Kong debutant Holly Takos, the dual 2017 Oceania champion, will be a rider to watch.

Olympic silver medallist Scotson and reigning world champion Porter return to the men’s track endurance squad.

The team also features Wight who will debut in senior ranks. Wight won junior world titles in 2015 in the Madison and team pursuit.

Rising star Alexandra Manly, 21, (SA) will be aiming to hold her place in the women's track endurance squad when that is announced after the training camp.

Manly's form has been impressive with two 2016/17 Track World Cup gold medals in the Madison/Team Pursuit.

The championships will be the second time in track cycling’s history that Asia has hosted the event following Maebashi, Japan, in 1990.

Twenty events will be decided at the Hong Kong Velodrome including the debut of the women’s Madison.

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