The Aussie cycling team features athletes from four disciplines. There’s the traditional velodrome cycling that’s most closely associated with the sport, as well as the cycling road race, BMX, and mountain bike.
BMX riders Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds are set to become dual BMX Olympians, while Rebecca Henderson is Australia’s sole female mountain bike rider.
The bulk of the cycling team is made up by track cyclists. Stephanie Morton will join Anna Meares in the Sprint, Team Sprint and Keirin, while the Team Pursuit squad features Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Melissa Hoskins. Edmondson will also ride the Omnium.
The road cycling team comprises of Gracie Elvin, Katrin Garfoot, Rachel Neylan and Amanda Spratt.
Buchanan says her goal for Rio is redemption, in the form of a gold medal.
“The toughest competitor is always yourself. I battled my own mindset and nerves got the better of me in London. Four years on with three more world titles and five more World Cup wins I am a different athlete coming into Rio.”
Henderson is taking part in her second Games.
“Last time there was so much focus on just being selected that I didn’t have a plan in place for if I was selected,” she said.
“This time I have been working towards the Olympic Games as one of my main focuses of the season and not had to stress about the selection.”
Anna Meares (apparently she's a big deal or something?)
“The goal is to go out there and win the gold in Rio and we won’t be satisfied with anything less,” Edmondson said.
“We know each other back to front and know if we all time our form to peak on the same day then we will be smoking.”