Talented trio tipped as world-class act
ROCKHAMPTON'S Lachlan Plane, Josh Edwards and Jeremy Hogg represent the future of Australian track cycling.
Power, ability, flair, confidence, enthusiasm ? they boast all the key attributes to becoming a world-class act.
But for now, the talented trio have their sights on next week's Australian Track Cycling Championships in Adelaide.
Hogg, an Australian junior track team member and bronze medallist at last year's world championships, arrives as the defending under-19 men's keirin champion and will again be looking to reach the podium in his pet events ? the 1000m time trial, sprint and keirin ? when racing starts on Monday.
Plane will also contest the sprint races and is aiming for personal best times in his national under-19 debut.
For Edwards, he is the endurance man and will focus on the 3000m individual pursuit, scratch race and points score.
If race fitness is any guide, Rockhampton Cycling Club coach and Queensland assistant coach Ken Tucker said his junior stars were primed for a bumper program.
"I think they're as fit as hands can make them ? it's now up to them to handle the pressure,'' Tucker said.
"The competition has increased this year and it's always extremely tough at the national titles.''
Rockhampton Cycling Club members will spearhead the Queensland title assault with Grant Irwin and Miles Olman (elite men), along with Anouska Edwards, Kerrie and Anna Meares (elite women) also joining the medal hunt.
Olman is already in Adelaide after returning to Australia this week from a groundbreaking performance on the road at the 19th Trust House Classic (Tour of Wellington) in New Zealand.
Racing for South Australia.com AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), Olman finished 10th overall and 5th in the sprints classification, with the team placing fourth overall.