SA's cyclists set to take on world's young stars
28 Jun 2017
THE fine line between pleasure and pain again was on show when the 15-member Australian team for the 2017 UCI Junior World Cycling Championships in Montichiari, Italy, between August 23 and 27, was chosen.
SASI athletes James Brister (Sprint), Brooklyn Vonderwall (Sprint), Maeve Plouffe (Women's Track Endurance) and Cooper Sayers (Men's Track Endurance) made the team - giving SA an equal high representation, with Western Australia, of four riders.
The downside for SA were the injuries to Braden O'Shea (in Tasmania) and Jarrad Drizners (two weeks before the nationals) which realistically ruled them out of selection for the world titles.
SASI Cycling Head Coach Brett Aitken said the athletes who made the team deserved their positions but it was tough for Braden and Jarrad.
''We have done really well with our selections and it is a good chance for our team to compete for Australia for the first time,'' he said.
''It is part of the process and their journey.
''But the downside is the injuries. The accident certainly didn't help Braden but he will still be a big name to watch for with the Commonwealth Games approaching.
''He will keep building and work towards the summer. The important thing now is to keep Braden positive and for him to re-focus.
''For him now it is about the bigger picture. He has already done enough and will be a star of the future. In cycling you have to take the good with the bad.
''For Jarrad he shattered his kneecap two weeks before the nationals. Again it was bad luck with the timing but that is cycling. We have to re-focus Jarrad too. It has been a long process getting back to scratch with his rehab. He is one of the most disciplined riders around - no doubt he will make a stamp on national teams.''
Some of the SASI riders are expected to compete in the International Track Series in Melbourne between July 25 and 29.
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