Track Cycling - Australia All Blonde for Junior Worlds

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4th-8th April 2012
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19th-21st October 2012
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3rd-8th July 2012
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19th-22nd November 2012
Adelaide, Australia

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8th-12th February 2012
Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

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2nd-7th March 2012
Mar del Plata, Argentina

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Australia All Blonde for Junior Worlds

Australia All Blonde for Junior Worlds

20th August 2012: The Australian junior track cycling team are hoping blondes have more fun ahead of next week’s junior world track championships. The team, including, back row, from left, Alex Morgan, Jacob Schmid, Trent Derecourt, Zac Shaw, Miles Scotson and Trinian McManus, and front, from left, Emerson Harwood, Jack Cummings and Evan Hull, have had their hair dyed blonde by the female riders in the squad in a tradition that dates back 10 years.

The Australian junior cycling team includes no fewer than four defending world champions but they are expecting a tough battle with New Zealand in next week's junior world track championships in Invercargill.

"The New Zealanders always perform well at these events and, particularly being in their home country, will be hard to beat,”Australian team manager Rik Fulcher said.

"We know they are going to be very strong and well prepared, but we are focused on doing the best we can at the time and the rest should take care of itself," Fulcher said.

"We don't tend to focus on what any other team is doing.”

Australia All Blonde for Junior Worlds

Fulcher has labelled New Zealand and Russia as their fiercest competition at the championships but remains confident the Aussies can produce world-beating performances once again.

The Australian team have spent the past two weeks fine-tuning their skills at the velodrome in Adelaide and will be banking on their reduced travel time to help them secure an advantage over some of the European nations.

Fulcher said the under-19 event, which will run from August 22-26 at the Stadium Southland Velodrome, appeared to be well organised and supported.

The late withdrawal by Italy means a total of 25 countries will contest the junior championships over nine sessions from Wednesday to Sunday.

New Zealand has a 16-strong team which will have riders in every event and includes southerners Jeremy Presbury, Kate Dunlevey, Sophie Williamson, Tom Beadle and Liam Aitcheson.

Ararat cycling prodigy Evan Hull is currently in New Zealand preparing to take on the world's best under-19 cyclists and go for gold at the UCI Junior Track World Championships.

Hull flew out to Invercargill, New Zealand on Wednesday with four other Australian cyclists, all of which are national champions, ahead of the start of competition next Wednesday.

Evan's father Gary Hull said that his son had spent this week competing in trial races in Adelaide to determine the events he would contest at the Championships.

"I spoke to him last night and he felt good after yesterday's trials (Tuesday), it all went quite well," he said.

"He wants to target the team pursuit. That is the event that Australia are the champions from last year's world track championships and they are a medal chance again this time.

"England are the main challengers and the local New Zealanders will give them a run for their money.

Australia All Blonde for Junior Worlds

"Two out of the five riders going over are from last year's winning team, so it is really hard to get a spot in the team of four."

Hull is the current Australian under-19 scratch champion after claiming a gold medal in the 10-kilometre race at the National Championships in February.

Mr Hull said Evan is likely to be Australia's sole representative in that event in New Zealand.

"Those two events, the team pursuit and the scratch race, are on the first two days of the championships, so he will be competing from the beginning," he said.

Hull is also a chance to compete in the madison event with an Australian team mate.

Garry, Evan's mother Tracy and two brothers Daniel and Caiden will fly out tomorrow morning to cheer Hull on from the sidelines.

Mr Hull said Caiden is hoping to carry on in the footsteps of his older brother and that watching him compete on the world stage will be a great experience.

Hull was in New Zealand only four months ago riding with the Australian team in the 2012 Oceania Road Championships, an elite road race in Queenstown.

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