• Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton. (Getty)Source: Getty
Reigning Commonwealth Games champions Stephanie Morton, Matthew Glaetzer and Annette Edmondson will headline the track selections for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with Alexander Edmondson, Shannon Malseed, Katrin Garfoot and 2006 Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist Mathew Hayman among the road selections.
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20 Feb 2018 - 1:30 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2018 - 8:40 AM

The combined squad will vie for 26 gold medals - track (16), para-cycling track (4), road (4), and mountain bike (2) competitions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast from 4-15 April.

The men’s track endurance squad is a powerhouse with reigning team pursuit world champions Samuel Welsford, Kelland O’Brien, Leigh Howard, Alexander Porter and Nicholas Yallouris, plus individual pursuit world champion Jordan Kerby.

Three-time world champion Leigh Howard will also debut, with eight-time world champion and triple 2010 Games Gold medallist Cameron Meyer rounding out the lineup.

Defending scratch race Gold medallist and dual world champion Annette Edmondson, dual 2014 Games medallist and world champion Amy Cure and 2010 representative Ashlee Ankudinoff will lead the women’s endurance squad.

Dual world champion Rebecca Wiasak, Rio Olympian Georgia Baker and rising star Alexandra Manly all receive their first Commonwealth Games’ selections.

“It’s really not that often someone gets to represent their country in a home Commonwealth Games in their career, so for me, it’s something very special that I’ll never forget,” Cure, a dual medallist from 2014, said.

“(I am) super excited to have the team pursuit on the calendar at the Games. I’m really excited to see what the team can achieve; as one of our three Olympic events, it’s great to get another opportunity to race this race in front of big crowds.”

Australia’s sprint crew is also rich with gold medal potential with defending sprint champion Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch the women’s sprint pair.

2014 keirin Gold medallist Matthew Glaetzer will lead the men's sprint group which includes Nathan Hart and Patrick Constable, and Jacob Schmid.

Edmondson, 2006 Commonwealth Games road race Gold medallist Mathew Hayman, Steele Von Hoff, Mitchell Docker, Callum Scotson and Meyer, make up the six-rider men’s road squad.

“I have very fond memories of the 2014 Commonwealth Games from Glasgow, so I am really excited about lining up in the road race in 2018,” Edmondson said. “Of course being a home games there’s a bit of added pressure, but we are going to have a home crowd cheering us on which is going to be huge."

Garfoot will head the six-member women’s team with reigning road national champion Malseed, dual national road champion Gracie Elvin and 2010 Games Bronze medallist Chloe Hosking, who gains a third team selection. Tiffany Cromwell returns for another Games while Sarah Roy makes her debut.

“It's a bit of a pinch yourself moment,” Hosking said. “To think I represented Australia at 20 in Delhi and I'm still racing and still getting stronger and still pulling on the green and gold. I would never have dreamt this growing up.”

The Tandem Para-cycling selections are led by 2016 world champions Jessica Gallagher and Pilot Madison Janssen, while Bradley Henderson will make his debut with Pilot Thomas Clarke who won Bronze at the 2014 Games.

2014 Bronze medallists and dual Olympians Daniel and Rebecca McConnell will contest the mountain bike cross-country competition.

“I'm very excited about the upcoming Games, to have a home Commonwealth Games is going to be a great experience,” said Dan McConnell. “I have pretty high expectations going into the Games. I really like the course, I think it suits my strength pretty well. I just want to get to the start line 100% fit and ready to go, if I can do that anything is possible.”

Similarly, Rebecca McConnell is hoping the home course advantage plays into her hands when she lines up against a world-class field.

“I have been fortunate enough to race on the course at the Nationals Series in January, it's a great course, with technical climbing and descending and the strongest rider will win,” said Henderson. “With world champions and World Cup winners in both the men's and the women's field the racing is going to be fast and exciting so we hope to see lots of spectators in April."