• Paige Greco shows off her wares at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling track world championships in Appeldoorn (Twitter/UCI Para-cycling)Source: Twitter/UCI Para-cycling
Check that extra luggage! Australia's para-cycling team are coming home from the track worlds with 17 medals and nine rainbow jerseys!
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Cycling Central

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Australian Cycling Team, Cycling Australia
18 Mar 2019 - 1:23 PM  UPDATED 18 Mar 2019 - 1:31 PM

Headlining Australia's efforts in Apeldoorn was Paige Greco who broke two world records on her way to rainbows in both the women's C3 individual pursuit (4:00.206) and the 500m TT (39.442).

The South Australian also broke the world record in the WC3 200m flying sprint (13.250) in the omnium test event and bagged silver in the WC3 scratch race. Not too shabby given the 22-year-old only picked up the sport little more than a year ago.

"I am very happy," she said. "Two good rides, I still can’t believe it. I’ve only been in the sport for a short time but this has given me the determination to keep training and working on the things I need to improve on.

"I’m already looking forward to getting back into training and keep working at it.”

Joining Greco equally in her disbelief was Darren Hicks who took out his maiden track worlds title in the men's C2 Individual Pursuit.

It comes after a difficult year as charges against him were dropped in December for a 2014 free truck crash that killed two people and the accident in which he lost his right leg.  

“Right now I think I’m feeling every emotion possible," he said. "I am excited and relieved, I can't quite comprehend that I've finally got my first world championship and rainbow jersey... it's crazy!”

“It has been a full on year, it was a long, agonising, very expensive road but it's behind me now, and I can finally focus on my racing.

“I would like to say thanks to everyone that's helped me get to where I am today. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given and am glad I could bring home the chocolates for the first time on the big stage!”

Amanda Reid and Emily Petricola also joined Greco in the world record pages on their way to gold and rainbows.  

Petricola left no stone unturned in her training and preparation for the C4 individual pursuit ever since she finished unsatisfied with silver at the 2018 para-cycling track worlds. 

"I spent a lot of time over the course of the last twelve months identifying exactly what went wrong last year and what I needed to change so I didn't have the same outcome this year," the Victorian said.

"I worked hard with both Shane Kelly and Cameron Jennings on controlling my riding in qualifying, as I do tend to get a bit excited on race day. But I did my best to follow the instructions being given to me throughout and, thankfully, we executed two good, fast rides to get the rainbows."

The world record fell for Reid in the C2 time trial on her way to her a third career world title. 

"It took a while to sink in, I couldn’t believe the time I had just ridden,” said the 22-year-old. "Now that it has all sunk in, the feeling is unbelievable, a world title is amazing and the world record on top of that is like a dream come true for me.

"I am truly fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing support system and without them, this wouldn’t be possible."

Alistair Donohoe and David Nicholas also matched Greco's double gold efforts. 

Donohoe won his fifth and sixth consecutive world titles in the C5 individual pursuit and scratch race.

"This team is backing each other so much and creating such a positive environment I think it's really bringing the most of all the riders,” the 24-year-old said. ‘It is one of the most relaxed and constructive teams I've been amongst.”

“Thank you to the Cycling Australia coaches on this trip for putting in the finishing touches and ironing out the wrinkles to allow me to stand on the top step today. The support around me is second to none and it feels as though I've had the easiest job out of them all!"

Queenslander Nicholas' world titles came in the C3 scratch race, and the individual pursuit, his third straight title in that event. 

“It feels so awesome, I can't explain the feeling,” said the 27-year-old. "It takes a lot of effort to stay on top, but it is all worth it to get the rainbow jersey!

“Thanks so much to Cycling Australia for all the help and support this year. Thanks to my coach Nick Formosa for everything he has done for me.”

Australia's 17-medal haul earned them second spot on the medal tally behind Great Britain. Cycling Australia's new para-cycling technical director Warren McDonald said the team's efforts came off the back of his predecessor's. 

“I would firstly like to thank Peter Day for building such a strong Para-cycling program,” said McDonald who assumed the role last September. “We have worked hard with staff and team coaches to provide a fantastic team environment for these Championships.

“The rider’s domestic coaches have delivered their athletes to the national program in fantastic condition and need to be commended on this preparation which has resulted in such a successful World Championships.”

The medal haul:

Gold (9)
Paige Greco (SA): 2 gold: C3 Individual Pursuit & Time Trial; world records in each event
David Nicholas (QLD): 2 gold: C3 Individual Pursuit & Scratch Race
Alistair Donohoe (VIC): 2 gold: C5 Individual Pursuit & Scratch Race
Emily Petricola (VIC): C4 Individual Pursuit & world record
Amanda Reid (NSW): C2 Time Trial & world record
Darren Hicks (SA): C2 Individual Pursuit

Silver (5)
Paige Greco (SA): C3 Scratch Race
Meg Lemon (SA): C4 Scratch Race
Amanda Reid (NSW): C2 Scratch Race
Jessica Gallagher (VIC) + Madison Janssen (VIC/Pilot): Tandem Sprint
Gordon Allan (NSW): C2 Time Trial

Bronze (3)
Emily Petricola (VIC): C4 Scratch Race
Meg Lemon (SA): C4 Individual Pursuit
Darcy Thompson C1 (SA): Scratch Race​

For full reports and results, visit the Australian Cycling team's website by clicking here