Four in a row for champion SA, SASI juniors make world titles team
06 May 2019
RISING stars and seasoned athletes combined in style to give South Australia the best-performed-state title at the recent National Elite and Under-19 Track Championship at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.
The victory, SA's fourth in a row, again highlighted the strength of the elite program in Adelaide.
On top of that promising SASI athletes Carlos Carisimo and Ella Sibley, both 17, have been selected in the Australian team for the UCI Junior Track World Championship in Frankfurt, Germany, between August 14 and 18.
Ella will be on the endurance team, while Carlos is one of three athletes on the sprint team.
SASI Head Coach Cycling Brett Aitken said the results again showed South Australia's depth.
"We had some really solid results across the board," Aitken said.
"Many of our team are showing versatility and several of your young athletes in people like Ella Sibley, Heather May and Carlos (Carisimo) had some great results across the board.
"For Ella it was a bonus with a heavy program where she won five medals from seven events and continuing on from Oceania where she performed strongly.''
On the opening day Ella had to combat a strong field and a bloody nose to win the scratch race, edging out sprint and team sprint champ Heather May. Ella then backed up later in the week with a spirited ride to take out the time trial.
Carlos Carisimo and Tom Clarke also showed their class by winning gold medals in the under-19 keirin and men's keirin respectively - Clarke suffering mixed emotions after being stripped of the gold for an alleged race breach only to be re-instated for his first keirin title.
At the time Clarke, a member of the Australian Cycling Team Podium Potential Academy, said he had been upset when he was relegated for allegedy taking advantage on the track apron. But soon after he was "over the moon'' when the original decision was reversed by authorities.
Josh Harrison showed his elite fitness and determination to outgun a star-studded field of world champions to win the men's 40km points race.
Maeve Plouffe, in her second year as a senior, won her first individual national title in the elite individual pursuit.
Maeve, a three-time national champion in the team pursuit and Madison events, was a solid winner over Podium teammate Sam De Riter 19 (Victoria).
Caitlin Ward, representing Victoria but who trains under the SASI banner, also returned some excellent results.
Several other SASI and SA athletes contributed with medals to add to SA's imposing results.
The team's result was even more meritorious considering champions Steph Morton and Matt Glaetzer did not compete.
Ella and Carlos will attend national training camps in the lead up to the world titles.
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