VIC team announced for TrackNats

Twenty-two athletes have been selected to represent Cycling Victoria at the 2020 Cycling Australia U19/Elite Track National Championships in Brisbane this month. 

Following the Victorian U19/Elite Track State Championships last weekend, the Victorian Selection panel headed by Doug Moody had the difficult task of selecting the riders who would be competing for the ‘Big V’.

Hayley Jenkins, Alyssa Polites, Jackson Hribar, and Alessia McCaig have all been selected as bottom-age U19 riders. Alyssa and Hayley were both part of the recording break J17 Women’s Team Pursuit champion team in 2019, with Alessia also breaking records in the sprint events as a junior. 

Caitlin Ward (Blackburn Cycling Club) joins the team to defend her 2019 Sprint and Keirin National Championship titles after a successful year where she represented Australia at a number of UCI Track World Cups. 

Keely Bennett and Ashlee Jones return to the team after a successful championship in 2019. Both were in the U19 Team Pursuit team and Ashlee won the Individual Pursuit. Another year older and this year Ashlee will race in the Elite Women’s category.

Blackburn’s Sam Gallagher who won the U19 Men’s Sprint last year will not be defending his title as he jumps into the Elite Men’s category. He will be joined in the Elite sprint squad by Connor Rowley, Tylah Meunier and Ned Pollard. 

Ruby Roseman-Gannon is back on the boards after an incredible break-out road season over the summer of cycling where she saw great results at the Road National Championships, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Jayco Herald Sun Tour. 

Jensen Plowright (Hawthorn Cycling Club) returns from a nasty injury following a crash at Race Torquay in January to contest the national championships, he will be joined by Graeme Frislie, Godfrey Slattery and Bill Simpson in the Elite Men’s Endurance Squad. Both Graeme and Bill were in the U19 gold medal-winning Team Pursuit in 2019.

Returning from a year in Adelaide with the Cycling Australia Podium Potential Academy, Samantha De Riter will be aiming to go one better in 2020 after her second place in the Individual Pursuit in 2019. The young riders on the team will benefit greatly from Samantha’s wealth of knowledge and experience on the boards. The St Kilda Cycling Club member represented Australia at the UCI Track World Cup in New Zealand last year.

U19 Men

  • Blake Agnoletto (Bendigo & District Cycling Club)
  • Henry Dietze (Brunswick Cycling Club)
  • Jackson Hribar (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)
  • Abraham Nasre (Preston Cycling Club)
  • Aubrey Price (Preston Cycling Club)

U19 Women

  • Keely Bennett (Brunswick Cycling Club)
  • Hayley Jenkins (Brunswick Cycling Club)
  • Alessia McCaig (Bendigo & District Cycling Club)
  • Alyssa Polites (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)

Elite Men

  • Graeme Frislie (Brunswick Cycling Club)
  • Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Cycling Club)
  • Tylah Meunier (Warragul Cycling Club)
  • Jensen Plowright (Hawthorn Cycling Club)
  • Ned Pollard (Bendigo & District Cycling Club)
  • Connor Rowley (Blackburn Cycling Club)
  • Godfrey Slattery (Blackburn Cycling Club)
  • Bill Simpson (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)

Elite Women

  • Samantha De Riter (St Kilda Cycling Club)
  • Ashlee Jones (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club)
  • Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Brunswick Cycling Club)
  • Caitlin Ward (Blackburn Cycling Club)

Check out this great behind the scenes video Tylah Meunier, and what it takes to ride for the ‘Big V’.