A fourth-straight Burnie Wheel title is firmly in sight for champion cyclist Sam Welsford after confirmation of his participation in the upcoming Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals.
Arguably already one of the most decorated riders in the history of the series, the West Australian will also be looking to add to his three Latrobe Wheel and two Launceston Wheel triumphs while also seeking a maiden Devonport Wheel.
Welsford has already enjoyed a stellar 2018 campaign, winning two gold medals at April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in the 4000-metre team pursuit, where a new world record was set, and in the 15-kilometre scratch race.
The 22-year-old, however, won’t have it all his own way, with the announcement of several other world-class riders also making the trip down for the series, including his record-breaking team pursuit cohorts Alex Porter and Kelland O’Brien.
O’Brien has already etched his name into the minds of carnival spectators after his amazing come-from-behind win in last year’s Devonport Wheel, while Porter took out the 2015 Mersey Wheel.
Also coming down from the Decker stable after making a name for himself last year is New South Wales rider Cameron Scott, who took out the criterium series, along with Luke Plapp, Jarrod Drizners, Connor Leahy and Godfrey Slattery.
Decker’s squad will begin their campaign at the Westbury Criterium on December 26.