Young guns on track for World Cup venture

Young guns on track for World Cup venture

The SASI cycling program has shown its strength by dominating the team for the coming 2016-17 UCI Track World Cup

SIX outstanding young SASI cyclists are set to represent Australia when the first leg of the 2016-17 UCI Track World Cup kicks off in Glasgow between November 4-6.

The South Aussies are part of a 10-person team which will compete in four rounds, two before the end of the year and the other rounds in February, 2017.

Tom Clarke will compete in the Sprint Men category, Holly Takos in the Sprint Women, Rio Olympic silver medallist Callum Scotson and Rohan Wight in the Endurance Men (Glasgow round only) and Alex Manly and Danielle McKinnirey in the Endurance Women.

The event moves to Apeldoorn for round two from November 11-13 and then finishes with back-to-back competitions in Cali, Colombia, from February 17-19 and the final round in Los Angeles on February 25 and 26.

SASI head cycling coach Brett Aitken said it was a great experience for the riders.

"It is all about getting your name out there,'' he said. "It is now about moving forward for these riders. while the reviews from Rio are still ongoing there is always the next event and for these riders there is the Commonwealth Games and next Olympics to focus on. We have always had strong representation at these cups.''

The coming series sees Clarke and Takos making their World Cup debut. Scotson, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, returns to the track after a brief at the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar. Wight is another with strong form, taking World Cup gold in Hong Kong in January. Another World Cup winner and junior world champion Manly joins three-time 2016 national champion McKinnirey in a strong endurance line up.

Rohan Wight 
Rohan Wight (photo courtesy of Cycling Australia)