2006 Victorian Senior Track Team
2007 Victorian Track Cycling Team Announced
The Victorian team which will contest the 2007 Australian Track Championships, Mon 5 - Sun 11 February, at the Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney has been announced and it will field some of the biggest names in Australian track cycling.
The Elite Mens field is lined with Australian stars with 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Sean Finning (Castlemaine CC); former Junior World Champion & Junior IP World Record holder Michael Ford (Carnegie Caulfield CC); 2004 Austral Wheelrace winner Zak Dempster (Bendigo CC); 2006 Australian Track Championships Points Race Silver medallist Richard England (Blackburn CC) and team debutant Kyle Marwood (Bendigo CC) are expected to make up the Endurance part of the team.
Former Junior World Champions Mark French (St Kilda CC), Shane Perkins (Carnegie Caulfield CC) and Jason Niblett (Horsham CC) and 2006 World Track Championships team member & 2005 Australian Keirin Champion Joel Leonard (Footscray CC) are likely compete in the Sprint side of the program.
The Elite Women's team is headlined by 2005 World Pursuit Champion and Olympic Silver medallist Katie Mactier (Carnegie Caulfield CC) and 2006 Junior Female Track Cyclist of the Year and 2006 Australian Track Championships 'Champion of Champions' Tess Downing (Carnegie Caulfield). Silver medallist from the 2006 Nationals, Jessica Berry (Bendigo CC) receives her 5th straight selection, whilst Apryl Eppinger (Carnegie Caulfield CC) returns after year away from the championships. Monique Hanley (Blackburn CC) will make her debut in the blue following a strong season in which she claimed all Country Track Titles and 2 State titles.
In the JM19 field, 5 time medallist from last year National Titles Leigh Howard (Geelong CC) will be tough to beat in the Endurance events following his 3 golds in the Victorian state Championships. 2006 JM17 Australian Scratch Champion Jamie Crass (Bendigo CC) and multiple junior National medallists Trevor Griffiths (Shepparton CC), Glenn O'Shea (Bendigo CC) and Ben Sanders (Carnegie Caulfield CC) make their debut in the Senior Track Team. Converted speed skater Toby Dite (Hawthorn CC) and Scott Sittampalam (Blackburn CC) make their overall debuts, whilst 2006 Melbourne Cup on Wheels Champion James Langedyk (Geelong CC) and Anthony Rix (Bendigo CC) return.
The JW19 field will see Lisa Friend (Carnegie Caulfield CC) in her second senior side, with Lauren Hooper (Bendigo CC) - multiple junior team member and Esther Pugh-Uren (Bendigo CC) and Laine Hammond (Northcote CC) - both dual gold medallists at last weekend Victorian State championships - make their debut.
In the AWD field, 2-time 2006 World Track Champion and World Record holder Michael Gallagher (Carn. Caulfield) CC will contest the LC1 field, with Martin Vcelka (Blackburn CC) LC2; Glenn Jarvis (Albury-Wodonga CC) LC3 and Michael Eaddy (Carnegie Caulfield CC) LC4 also competing.
2007 Victorian Track Cycling Team
Mark FRENCH St Kilda CC
Shane PERKINS Carnegie Caulfield CC
Jason NIBLETT Horsham CC
Joel LEONARD Footscray CC
Michael FORD Carnegie Caulfield CC
Richard ENGLAND Blackburn CC
Zak DEMPSTER Bendigo CC
Sean FINNING Castlemaine CC
Kyle MARWOOD Bendigo CC
Katie MACTIER Carnegie Caulfield CC
Jessica BERRY Bendigo CC
Tess DOWNING Carnegie Caulfield CC
Apryl EPPINGER Carnegie Caulfield CC
Monique HANLEY Blackburn CC
MEN UNDER 19
Leigh HOWARD Geelong CC
James LANGEDYK Geelong CC
Glenn O'SHEA Bendigo CC
Jamie CRASS Bendigo CC
Trevor GRIFFITHS Shepparton CC
Ben SANDERS Carnegie Caulfield CC
Scott SITTAMPALAM Blackburn CC
Anthony RIX Bendigo CC
Toby DITE Hawthorn CC
WOMEN UNDER 19
Lisa FRIEND Carnegie Caulfield CC
Lauren HOOPER Bendigo CC
Esther PUGH-UREN Bendigo CC
Laine HAMMOND Northcote CC
Michael GALLAGHER Carn. Caulfield CC LC1
Martin VCELKA Blackburn CC LC2
Glenn JARVIS Albury-Wodonga CC LC3
Michael EADDY Carnegie Caulfield CC LC4
Michelle DECKER Manager
Hilton CLARKE Snr Coach
Tim DECKER Coach
Brad ROBINS Mechanic
Gary HULL Mechanic
Rick LEONARD Mechanic
Rob LICCIARDO Chef
The team will travel to Sydney to compete at the Australian Senior Track Championships – Mon 5 to Sun 11 February – Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney.