Aussies ready for Track World Cup assault
More than 250 of the world's best from more than 35 nations will contest 12 events over three days from 2 to 4 December.
For 2007 points world champion Kate Bates, whose cycling resume is littered with medals on the world stage in individual pursuit, points and scratch events, the Cup will allow her to continue her return from injury.
But although used to riding solo, she will contest the team pursuit with reigning world champions Sarah Kent and Josephine Tomic.
“We sort of have a joke that there are two girls in the world champion stripes, and then there is me,” said Bates, who returns after almost two years out of the sport following a hip injury suffered in a road accident in 2009.
“But I am extremely eager to get back into it and I make no qualms about it, I am here to win,” Bates added.
As the oldest member of the Australian team at 28, Bates will use her experience to assist her with the dynamics of the team event.
“And I am pretty aware that I have two team mates with me this time around, it’s not just about following a black line, it’s not just me and my preparation but it is also about them,” Bates added.
“There are so many elements involved.
“But obviously the girls are very proficient in the event, we have had a great preparation and I think we will be lifted by a great home crowd,” said Bates.
Shane Perkins has confirmed that he is looking forward to riding in front of his hometown crowd, despite battling an energy sapping illness over the past week.
“Yesterday we weren’t too sure as I wasn’t feeling that well, but today although I am not quite one hundred percent, I have come up really well and I will be definitely starting tomorrow,” said Perkins.
Perkins will line up in the men’s sprint, creating a possible match up against British cycling star Sir Chris Hoy, in addition to saddling up for the team sprint, despite not contesting a team sprint since last year’s Melbourne Track World Cup.
Perkins however, is confident he will slip straight back into Team Jayco AIS alongside Daniel Ellis and Jason Niblett.
“Obviously it is a little nerve wracking trying to get onto Dan as he blasts out of the gate pretty quick, and I might be off the wheel a little bit, but I am sure I will be able to drag him back.
“I have had some good times today, and am feeling positive and looking forward to the challenge, which is always fun and what I ride for,” Perkins added.
The 2010/2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is a four round series which act as a qualifying series for the 2011 UCI Track World Championships being staged in the Netherlands from 23 to 27 March.
Tickets for the event start from $9.50 through to $189 for a premium all sessions package and can be purchased through Ticketek on 132 849 or visit www.trackworldcup.com.au for session and ticketing information.