New period looms for Australian cycling at CG

Georgia Baker has hailed “a new era in cycling” as Australia’s youthful, lively track workforce get ready to start their Commonwealth Game titles golden assault at London’s previous Olympic velodrome.

Baker, an experienced rider who’ will concentrate on medals on equally the keep track of and the street above the subsequent 10 times, reckons the squad at the Lee Valley VeloPark is in condition to secure a proud report.

Australia’s monitor outfits have been the leading staff at the past 7 Games, stretching back to Victoria in 1994, and Baker fancies the 2022 squad, irrespective of the existence of some greenhorns, will carry on that sequence.

Tasmanian Baker was in Tokyo with the workforce that endured a torrid Olympics, choosing up only a person bronze medal on the keep track of, but she suggests people wretched reminiscences have been consigned to historical past.

“Everyone’s sort of put that guiding them now. I imagine you have to,” Baker mentioned on Thursday, chatting at the venue which staged the 2012 Olympics.

“It really is been a yr now (since Tokyo) – it feels like a pair – but it really is not good to dwell on that.

“There’s true very good vitality in the team, everyone’s tremendous-keen and eager – I experience old now.

“It can be absolutely a youthful and refreshing crew, they’re extremely, very talented as perfectly, so it can be good, like the new period of (Australian) cycling.”

Baker will assist kick off that era in the women’s staff pursuit, 1 of a sequence situations on the opening day of the software which the Australians are quietly self-assured will consequence in gold .

The men’s team dash will be an additional party where Leigh Hoffmann, Matt Richardson and Matt Glaetzer will be incredibly hot favourites to just take the title.

Glaetzer reckons he is the “old canine” of the group but his teammates consider he is continue to obtained plenty of bite, even if Richardson is now deemed to be enormous risk to his sprint ambitions as the Adelaide stalwart goes for a fourth Commonwealth gold.

A few-time Olympian Glaetzer, 29, who overcame thyroid most cancers and a torn calf muscle to compete in Tokyo, draws in very little but admiration from his colleagues.

“He is just a equipment. He picks himself up and goes again he’s outstanding,” claimed 23-year-aged national pursuit winner Conor Leahy, one of the new brigade who looks a good wager to choose up titles in both equally the individual and workforce pursuits.

“I’ve only regarded him for a minimal bit due to the fact I’ve only just pushed into the crew in the very last year or so – but he is awesome, super-neat.

“You can never ever rely him out – he’s generally tremendous-spectacular.”

Glaetzer is thrilled to be again in the arena wherever he competed in his to start with Olympics as a huge-eyed teenager.

“I was 13 when the Games have been listed here – I was not even riding bikes then,” noted an amazed Leahy.

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