Jack Bobridge is confident that his recent UCI Hour Record attempt won't impact his performance at the UCI Track World Championships in Paris this week.
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Cycling Central

7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:35 PM

South Australia's three-time track world champion has rejoined the Australian World Championships team for the first time since the 2012 titles held in Melbourne.

"It is pretty exciting to finally be here after the team camp and to be back in the team," said Bobridge. "To be able to rejoin with everyone and I can't wait to start racing."

Bobridge says he is feeling good following his Hour Record effort in late January.

"My legs have taken some time to come around, but they are feeling good now. And still with another few days rest, come Wednesday they will be good.

"And I am looking forward to racing on this track. It is one of the best tracks I've ridden, beautiful long bends, super fast conditions.

"I think we are going to see some quite fast times over the next week."

Bobridge will line up in the team and individual pursuit and is penciled in for the Madison with Glenn O'Shea.

With the women's team pursuit setting fast times in time training the team is eager to see how they stack up against their competition.

"(We are) feeling positive, we have a really fast smooth track out there and everything has been going well for us," said Annette Edmondson, who has featured in all of Australia's podium appearances in the event at the past three World Championships.

"There is a big fire in the team this time, yes we had always hoped going into each Championships that we'd win gold, but we were never quite sure how we'd go until we got there," said Edmondson, buoyed by the national record set by herself, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins at the 2015 Track National Championships three weeks ago.

"We'd always think about how other teams were going, but this time we aren't worrying about that.

"We know we are doing the best times we have ever done before and we really believe this year could be a different story."

Edmondson will also line up in the Omnium, an event in which she has claimed two bronze and one silver at the past three World Championships.

"I have always been in the mix, but never finished on top of the podium. It is a slightly different format this year, but my fitness is really good at the moment and I am hoping it carries through to the Omnium."

Team pursuit qualifying will kick start the five-day Championships on Wednesday morning, with the first round and finals to be held on Thursday.

SBS will broadcast the 2015 UCI Track World Championships from Thursday 19 to Monday 23 February on SBS2 and online at Cycling Central.