An early reading of the results coming out of the World Track CyclingChampionships in Poland will surely give the Australian track cyclingfraternity some cause for optimism.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:36 PM

An early reading of the results coming out of the World Track Cycling
Championships in Poland will surely give the Australian track cycling
fraternity some cause for optimism.

Ok, forget cautious optimism for a moment, it's high fives all around for everyone.

Sure
it was an unexpected performance after a less than stellar Beijing
Olympics but maybe that was an aberration and we are back on track to
posting a great result in London 2012.

Lets face it, we've became accustomed to an assembly line of champions coming out of the track cycling program.

However, it's clearly not that easy to produce riders who can win the big ones
year in year out - something the British have found out at this event.

And Cycling Australia's performance director Shayne Bannan is probably right to urge caution in interpreting these results.

"Overall there is still a lot of work to do and we're not getting
carried away because we realise that to be competitive in London we
really need to progress each year so that's the aim," he said.


"Certainly I didn't expect it (medal haul) and we, like a few of the
other top nations, are concentrating on development and the emerging
athlete as we lead into London.

Indeed,
most of the top nations are in rebuild mode and two of our medals were
in an event that does not have Olympic status, the Omnium.

Of
course as Australians we all love seeing the British taken down a peg
or two, especially after their recent domination on the boards.

This result appears to have come as a bit of a shock to Bannan's British counterpart Dave Brailsford.

"We knew we wouldn't see in Poland what we saw in Manchester last year
or Palma two years ago," said Brailsford, referring to the last two
world championships, which yielded nine and seven gold medals.

"Don't
get me wrong, it hurts not to win. But it's great for us: it puts our
feet back on the ground and reminds us we have to get back to work.
Losing is not a nice feeling, it makes you uneasy, but that's when you
come out fighting."

For
Brailsford, world championships week was a long one as he watched
Australia come out on top and a host of other nations claim the medals
- some like Malaysia, for the very first time.

Obviously The competition and pressure to stay ahead is increasing as the sport becomes more global.

Sporting
success is usually a cyclical thing and as these world championships
have shown Australia well equipped with another group of high quality
performers at the right time in the cycle.

Coming out on top in Poland shows that we're back on track.