Anna Meares, the only Australian medal winner at last year's Beijing Olympic Games, will lead the Australian squad at next month's UCI Track World Championships in Poland. Meares is one of few experienced senior riders in the squad, as the nation looks to develop its younger talent ready for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The announcement by Cycling Australia is a long list, with 10 riders expect to vie for a final spot in the squad at a camp in Adelaide. "One male and up to two female riders might not progress to the World Championships," noted the announcement. "Selection of the final team will be based on trials, training performances and general assessment by national track coaches during the camp."
Meares is joined on the list of definite starters by Dan Ellils, Kaarle McCulloch, Cameron Meyer, Jason Niblett, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland. The final Toshiba-supported squad is expected to be announced by March 12.
Confirmed Australians for World Championships squad: Dan Ellils, Anna Meares, Kaarle McCulloch, Cameron Meyer, Jason Niblett, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.
Trial squad for Adelaide camp: Ashlee Ankudinoff, Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Tess Downing, Belinda Goss, Leigh Howard, Sarah Kent, Travis Meyer, Glenn O'Shea and Josephine Tomic.