Australia’s summer of track cycling begins on Friday 1 November when Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome hosts the 2020 Para-cycling Track National Championships.
Australia’s para-cycling stars will be on show including reigning world champions Alistair Donohoe (VIC), Amanda Reid (NSW), Darren Hicks (SA), David Nicholas (QLD), Emily Petricola (VIC) and Paige Greco (SA).
South Australia’s Darren Hicks will sport his rainbow jersey in the C2 individual pursuit on Saturday, with the world champion looking to new ways to go even faster as he targets a maiden Paralympic selection.
“It is important to do well at a National Championships, but it will be a bit of a testing event for me as we will be using it to learn a few things about myself and the bike,” said Hicks. “We have changed a few things we are hoping we can utilise further into next year and towards Tokyo.
“My main goal is to come out and do a ride similar to what I have done before, and if we run a reasonable time with different equipment, I will consider it a big success.”
Victoria’s reigning C4 individual pursuit world champion and world record holder Emily Petricola is eager to get back on the track to begin the build towards Tokyo 2020.
“I really I want to go out and have a solid performance in the pursuit and I’m keen to see how my starts go, as generally, that is my weak spot due to my impairment,” said Petricola, who will line up in the rainbow on Saturday in the individual pursuit, while also contesting three other Championship events.
“I would really like to do a good 500 (metre time trial). I love the 500 find it really fun, and I am having a crack at the team sprint with Paige (Greco) and Amanda (Reid) which will be fun.”
The action begins on Friday afternoon with the Time Trial, followed by the Pursuits and sprint on Saturday morning. The team sprint and scratch race will conclude the Championships on Sunday morning.
The Championships provide a key racing opportunity for Australia’s para-cyclists as they continue their charge toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Australia’s para-cyclists will also be in action at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome this December for a UCI Category 1 Para-cycling event which will be held in conjunction with the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Para #TrackNats Quick Guide
- What Tandem Championships in the time trial, sprint and pursuit; ‘C’ Championships in the time trial, pursuit, team sprint and scratch race.
- Who Australia’s best para-cyclists
- Fri 1 November- Time Trials – 4pm-6pm
- Sat 2 November- Pursuits & Tandem Sprint – 10am-1.30pm
- Sun 3 November- Team Sprint / Scratch Race – 9am-2pm
- Where Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome
- Tickets At the door
- Follow http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/