Tassie duo chosen for world juniors

PERENNIAL Tasmanian teammates Lauren Perry and Macey Stewart will be reunited in national colours following their selections to ride this year's junior track world championships.

Yesterday's call-ups for August's UCI titles in Glasgow cap a superb summer for the teenagers who both added to their growing cycling CVs in recent months.

Launceston College student Perry, who turns 17 next month, achieved lucrative wins in her home-town Launceston Classic followed by the Devonport Wheel while Don College student Stewart, of Devonport, who turned 17 last month, had a hugely successful national track championships in Sydney.

Just seven months after suffering a cracked skull and bleeding on the brain in a criterium crash at the Canberra Tour, Stewart won the under-19 20-kilometre points race and picked up silver medals in the under-19 individual pursuit and scratch races.

``I'm so excited,'' Perry told The Examiner. 

``I cannot wait to represent Australia. It'll be my third time but the others were at Oceania Games and Youth Olympics so this is the first really big one.''

Perry, who will be making her first visit to Europe since a family holiday to England when she was in kinder, was thrilled to be riding on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will also host track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

``It's going to be a world class standard but I want to give it everything I've got.

``Hopefully I can ride the team pursuit or if I get the chance an individual race like the scratch or points race, but any event would be great.

``It's great to have Macey in the team as well. We seem to do everything together - we haven't been parted yet!''

The pair will also find two familiar faces at the helm of the Cyclones team.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport head cycling coach Gene Bates is stepping in as men's endurance coach and his predecessor at the Silverdome, Matthew Gilmore, is Cycling Australia's national junior performance director and will look after the women's endurance coaching.

``As in previous years this team is a great testament to the work done by the state institute and state academy coaches who do such a good job developing the riders through the age groups,'' Gilmore said. 

``Our biggest challenge is managing the personal expectations of the riders and we do that by making sure the focus is not on the outcome.

``We never say we're going to win, we say we're going to do the best we can on the day and we're going to focus on getting all the little things right along the way.''

fu15166pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.Australian team:  Sprint - Tian BECKETT (WA), Tennille FALAPPI (QLD), Jia ANGSUTHASAWIT (SA), Patrick CONSTABLE (SA), Alex RADZIKIEWICZ (SA); Endurance - Jack EDWARDS (NSW), Joshua HARRISON (SA), Callum SCOTSON (SA), Zac SHAW (VIC), Sam WELSFORD (WA), Macey STEWART (TAS), Lauren PERRY (TAS), Kelsey ROBSON (WA), Elissa WUNDERSITZ (WA), Josie TALBOT (NSW).    

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