LESSONS learnt from their debut junior world track cycling championships have Tasmanian teenagers Lauren Perry and Macey Stewart set for more medals next year.
The 17-year-olds received a warm welcome home in Launceston yesterday in the possession of two bronze medals and a gold, plus the knowledge that they will be eligible to compete again next year before having to make the jump to senior competition.
Friends from as far back as Perry's West Launceston kindergarten turned out at the airport after the pair's 33-hour flight from Glasgow via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.
In an incident-packed team pursuit event, Perry suffered a mechanical and Stewart fell before they regrouped to set a world record and land a bronze medal.
Perry then claimed a rainbow jersey by winning the individual pursuit and Stewart came fourth in the omnium.
"I was a bit nervous coming in and could not believe how many friends were here," Perry said.
"I thought it would just be mum, dad and maybe grandma."
Asked what she had learnt in Scotland, the Launceston College student said: "I learnt a lot because the team pursuit did not go the way we wanted.
"Usually, I'd get down after that but instead we picked ourselves up and wanted to prove that we were the best team there and that was when we broke the world record.
"I know the Brits then broke it again, but I don't think anyone has ever worked so hard for a bronze medal.
"I did not expect to win the IP. It was my last race and at that point I was just happy to be finishing the champs so thought I'd just give it everything I had left and then wouldn't be disappointed.
"By the end I was so exhausted it was just a blur. I finished in the front straight and the scoreboard was behind me so I did half a lap before I looked at it and then saw a number one next to my name.
"My jaw just dropped and I kept saying `oh my god' to myself."
Devonport's Don College student Stewart also learnt a huge amount from her first trip overseas.
"It was awesome, the best experience of my life," she said.
"I loved Glasgow and the velodrome was awesome. I had a lot of bad luck but feel that I learnt from it.
"The omnium was not what I thought I would ride, but it's an Olympic event so it was good to get that experience."
Hoping to make the 2016 or 2020 Olympics, Stewart will focus on upcoming Oceania titles in New Zealand, omnium nationals, Tasmanian Christmas carnivals and track nationals before another crack at junior worlds.