Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Aussies ready to set Rio track alight
The fast-paced action at the velodrome is always one of the Games highlights and Rio should be no exception. The sprint events will bring plenty of thrills and spills while the endurance events push athletes to the absolute limits in a true test of athleticism and mental fortitude.
The Aussies are building well in one of the nation’s most successful sports with cycling legend Anna Meares set for another Games appearance in a team with high hopes for plenty of medals in Rio.
Sprinters to watch: Five-time Olympic medallist Anna Meares heads to a record-breaking fourth Olympic Games in Rio and will be looking to add to her two gold medals from Athens 2004 and London 2012. She will line up alongside Stephanie Morton who won London 2012 Paralympics as a pilot in the B tandem time trial and sprint before going on to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Three top ten finishes at the 2015 World Championships and a Commonwealth Games keirin gold medal will have 23-year-old Matt Glaetzer primed for his second Olympic Games appearance in Rio. The top ranked Glaetzer will be in good company with Olympic debutants Pat Constable, who won Sprint World Cup gold in early 2016, also racing in all three sprint events while Nathan Hart will feature in the Team Sprint.
Endurists to watch: Having broken the world record as they won the 2015 Team Pursuit World Championships in 2015, London 2012 Olympians Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Amy Cure, along with Ashlee Ankudinoff, will be pushing for gold in Rio. Georgia Baker rounds out the team as she makes her Olympic debut. After winning bronze in the Omnium in London, Edmondson will again compete in the event in Rio.
Jack Bobridge gets his chance at his third Olympic Games in Rio having won Team Pursuit silver with Rio 2016 teammates Michael Hepburn, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O’Shea in London. This time around O’Shea will only focus on the Omnium event, in which he won bronze in London, meaning Olympic debutants Callum Scotson and Sam Welsford round out the Team Pursuit team. The team will head into Rio with plenty of confidence with Hepburn, Welsford and Scotson were a part of the Team Pursuit team that won gold at the 2016 World Championships.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
The UCI Olympic Track Ranking 2014-16 will be used to determine the athletes that qualify for the Rio 2016 Games.
The nine highest ranked teams in the team sprint (3 athletes per team in the men’s event and 2 athletes per team in the women’s event) and team pursuit (4 athletes per team) will qualify with only one team per country and two teams from Oceania able to qualify in each event.
Each nation that qualifies a team in the Team Sprint may enter two athletes in the Individual Sprint and Keirin. The nine highest ranked athletes who were not part of a nation that qualified in the team sprint will then qualify for the individual events.
The 18 best ranked athletes, with a maximum of two from Oceania, will qualify for the Omnium events.
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Nomination to the AOC
Athletes will be identified by Cycling Australia (CA) for nomination to the AOC at their sole and absolute discretion, following an evaluation of the athletes’ performances during the Performance Time Period. CA will consider athletes’ ability to achieve world class performances, ability to demonstrate and consistently deliver the physical, psychological, strategic and technical abilities required, and achievement of specific valid times or performances as specified.
To be eligible for nomination, athletes will also be required to participate in specific National Track camps and other competitions as directed.
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Selection by the AOC
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Appeals Tribunal Chair
Tony Nolan SC
Phone: 03 9225 7132
Competition Format & Events
Track cycling features three 'sprint' events- sprint, team sprint, keirin- and two 'endurance events'- team pursuit, omnium. Only one athlete or team can compete in each event.
Classic short distance event in which two or more riders cover three laps. Only the final 200 metres is timed. Riders obtain a seeding through the qualifying 200 metre flying time trial with 18 men and 12 women qualifying for the first round. From quarter final stage onwards rivals match up in best of three heats to determine progress to the following round.
In men's team sprint two teams of three riders compete against each other and the clock over three laps of the track. After one lap the first rider peels off to allow the second rider to set the pace. This rider completes their effort with one lap to go and then it is up to the final cyclist, traditionally a time trial specialist, to finish off. The leading rider must not swing up until a full lap is complete and must peel off between an area of 15 metres before and after their start line, otherwise the team will be disqualified. The fastest eight teams go through from the qualifying round to the first round and from there, the fastest two winning teams contest the race for gold and silver and the other two winners contest the race for bronze.
Women's team sprint follows the same format but involves only two riders from the start.
Up to seven riders compete over 2000m. A special motorised bike called a derny leads the field for the first 1,400m starting at 30km/h and bringing the riders up to a speed of 50km/h. Cyclists manoeuvre for the best position before the derny leaves the track. They then sprint for the finish line. The first two riders across the line in the qualifying heats go through to the first round with the losers contesting repechage heats. The two winners of each of three repechage heats go through to the first round. In the first round the first three riders in each of the two heats qualify for the medal final and the losers ride off for 7-12 place.
Men's team pursuit involves four riders while women's teams comprise of three riders. The rider on the front of the quartet/trio must keep the pace as high as possible but must not ride so fast that they drop any of teammates. The front rider will swing up the track at the end of their “turn” and must smoothly rejoin the team in the fourth/third wheel position. The pace is then set by the rider now on the front of the group. The time is taken on the front wheel of the third rider across the line and it is often the case that only three riders will finish.
In the qualifying round each team rides alone on the track against the clock with the fastest eight teams going through. In the first round and finals, one team starts on each side of the track and they race each other and the clock. The fastest two winning teams of the first round contest the race for gold and silver and the other two winners race for bronze. In the finals the winner is determined by either catching the other team or recording the fastest time. A team is deemed to have been caught if the team chasing comes within one metre of the back wheel of the rider at the back of the rival team.
The Omnium is an event that sees six disciplines collide in an event attractive to endurance riders. It is known as the ‘heptathlon’ of track cycling and involves a medley event involving a Flying Lap (250m time trial), Points Race (30km for men, 20km for women), Individual Pursuit (4km for men, 3km for women), Scratch Race (15km for men, 10km for women), Kilometre Time Trial (500m for women) and finally an Elimination Race (every two laps the last rider over the line is eliminated).
Australia and Olympic Cycling - Track
Since Edgar “Dunc” Gray won Australia’s first Olympic cycling medal in 1928, the nation has enjoyed a long and proud Olympic history. With nearly 40 medals won on the track, it is one of Australia’s most successful Olympic sports and has produced legends such as Russell Mockridge, Dean Woods, Kathy Watt, Stuart O’Grady, Bradley McGee and Anna Meares. Australia dominated the Olympic cycling podium at the Athens 2004 Olympics, winning 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze on the track.
After missing out on the top step of the podium at the Beijing, Meares won her second Olympic gold by defeating long-time British rival Victoria Pendleton in the sprint at the London 2012 Games. Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Michael Hepburn and Glenn O'shea combined for silver in the men's team pursuit, Meares and Kaarle McCulloch finished with bronze in the team sprint, Annette Edmondson claimed bronze in the omnium while Shane Perkins also won bronze in the individual sprint to see Australia leave London with five medals on the track.
Did you know
- The Omnium was introduced at the London 2012 Olympic Games where Australia's Annette Edmondson won bronze at her debut Olympic Games. Glenn O'Shea finished fifth in the men's event.
- Track cycling has been a part of every modern Olympic Games. The events featured were the men's 10km, men's 100km, men's individual sprint, men's 1km time trial and the men's 12 hour race.
- Women's track cycling was introduced in 1988 with the individual sprint being the sole event. The London 2012 Games was the first time that both men and women had the same amount of events with five disciplines each.
- British champion Sir Chris Hoy is the most successful Olympic track cyclist with six gold medals and one silver between the Sydney 2000 Games and the London 2012 Games.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
6 (Days 6-11)
- Medal Events
10 (10 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze)
- Total Athletes
189 (99 men & 90 women)
- AUS Athletes
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All-class as ever, Anna Meares bows out of Rio 2016. 16 August 2016
Anna Meares reflects on her time in the velodrome this week and gives her thoughts on the her final race in Rio, the women's sprint. Will she go on?
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