(Australian Associated Press)
FIVE RIDERS TO WATCH AT THE TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
* Matthew Glaetzer (SA):
Glaetzer reckons he’s in career-best form and is ready to prove it in Brisbane. The powerful 25-year-old will get an early chance to do just that on Thursday when he attempts to break his own sea-level 1km time trial world record from last year. A gold medallist at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he has a busy schedule with sprint events on every day of competition.
* Stephanie Morton (SA):
Anointed as the next Anna Meares by the woman herself, Morton has a big 2018 ahead as she seeks to stamp herself as Australia’s next great sprinter. She won two silvers last year at the world track championships to go with two national crowns. Morton will get the chance to defend her world titles as one of only four Aussies heading to the Netherlands in February.
* Jordan Kerby (QLD):
The big local hope. Kerby stunned the world in 2017 with the third-fastest individual pursuit time in history when he rode to the rainbow jersey at the track world championships in Hong Kong. The Hervey Bay product will seek to defend his national pursuit crown in Brisbane while also entering into the team pursuit, points and scratch races.
* Alex Porter (SA):
Porter is one of Australia’s rising stars, who fell into the sport when the South Australian Institute of Sport came to his school when he was 15 and told him he had the physical make-up to be a world-class cyclist. Now 21, Porter was part of Australia’s gold medal-winning team pursuit at last year’s world track titles but hasn’t been to a Commonwealth or Olympic Games – yet.
* Annette Edmondson (SA):
The 2012 Olympic medallist and dual world champion has clocked plenty of kilometres in her legs already throughout the Australian road summer but is back on the track after giving it a miss in 2017. Edmondson is entered in all endurance events and is aiming for strong performances across the board in what will be her first time on the new velodrome.