The ACT will be showcasing the competitive side of its cycling prowess later this month, with nine local riders competing across four disciplines – road, track, mountain biking and para-cycling – in the Australian team.
Out of a squad of 41 cyclists, this means that 20% of the national team will be made up of competitors from the capital. These cyclists include Canberra sprint cyclist Nathan Hart a former bike shop salesman making his international debut, who beat fellow Canberran and former Olympian Daniel Ellis for the first-wheel spot in the team sprint.
Another Canberra rider Nathan Haas, who recently debuted at the Giro d’Italia, is part of the men’s road team, while Chloe Hosking – who won a bronze medal in 2010 – and Gracie Elvin are on the women’s road team.
Andrew Blair and Rebecca Henderson will represent Canberra cycling in the mountain bike teams; whilst tandem para-cycling also features ACT talent: with Paul Kennedy teaming with his pilot Thomas Clarke, and Canberra public servant Brandie O’Connor also contesting the category in Glasgow.
Gracie Elvin, speaking to Pedal Power said of the Games: “Going to the Games means a lot to me even though it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I have been a cyclist since I was 13 and have always dreamt of representing Australia at major competitions. For now I am working hard on my health and fitness, but once I enter the village and receive my uniform I will be like an eager junior again! I will make sure to savour the experience, but I am looking forward to sharing it with my close family and friends who’ve helped me over the years when I return home after the season.
“How great that so many Canberrans were selected! It’s no surprise though when you look at all the great clubs and events that go to making it such a fantastic cycling community.”
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be taking place in Glasgow and run from 23 July to 3 August 2014.