Budding cycling talent set to hit the boards

22 July 2019

A Talent search hopeful with SASI staff and Athlete

EXCITEMENT and anticipation will be building over the coming months as a number of promising young athletes see if they have what it takes to make it to the top of the cycling world.
After months of testing and analysing results a group of young athletes have been selected in Cycling SA's Talent Identification Program.

A mix of male and females aged under 15 will learn about the journey needed to make it to the top of the cycling world.
Newly appointed CSA Talent ID coach Mark Chadwick said it always was exciting to see a promising young athlete coming through the ranks.

"We are also trying to instill that passion that a lot of us have for the sport,'' Chadwick said.
"As they (athletes) progress and learn what is involved they can get a real taste for the sport. They have already had come and try days so it is time to start the basic skills. We also highlight the pathway to the elite level.''

SASI Cycling Head Coach Brett Aitken said he is looking forward to the start of the program.
"It is always exciting to see the next crop of fresh faces come through the program," Aitken said.
"Hopefully we can find that next star among them. We have had several current stars who have come through the program including Alex and Nettie (Annette) Edmondson, Alex Manly and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Alex Porter."

A mix of students from metropolitan and country area will be involved. The program is a six-month program with skills sessions held on the track on Tuesdays, then expanding to Wednesday sessions with other promising junior riders working on developing skills.

Later, riders will progress to open roads and various competitions as they develop.
Many of the athletes selected are from SASI's talent search program conducted in school as well as from SASI's Tour Down Under testing held in the TDU village each year.

For more information on the SASI Talent Search program please visit https://sasi.sa.gov.au/expertise/talent_search

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Cyclist Alex Porter with his Commonwealth Gold medal