Next rising star could be just a ride away
26 Sep 2018
A COMING Tour de France winner or Olympic Games gold medallist could well be unearthed at SASI's Come and Try Cycling Talent ID testing night at the Superdrome on Tuesday, October 2, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
About 12 to 15 athletes already have been selected from previous testing and school assessments with those athletes set to jump the next big hurdle early next month.
SASI Cycling Head Coach Brett Aitken said coaches also looked forward to the testing process as did the athletes.
"It is always exciting to see the next crop of fresh faces come through the program," Aitken said.
"We set them up on the bikes and equipment and then they are introduced to the track which can be daunting when they first start off.
"Hopefully we can find that next star among them.
"We have had several current stars who have come through the testing including Rohan Dennis who is one of the highest profile athletes who held a Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France.
"Alex and Nettie (Annette) Edmondson, Alex Manly and Alex Porter are also among the elite riders to have come through the program.
"We will wait and see who comes through and whether the (testing athletes) can meet the benchmarks needed."
Those athletes considered to have potential are integrated into the existing Cycling SA talent program and are able to train with other juniors and and possibly compete in races.
Aitken, SASI scholarship coach James Glasspool, current SASI scholar and Talent ID lead coach Caitlin Ward and 2017 Australian team pursuit world champion Rohan Wight are the coaches involved in the testing in October.
For more information on SASI talent search programs visit http://sasi.sa.gov.au/expertise/talent_search
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