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Cycling Stars Chase a Gold Rush in Birmingham

21 June 2022

Two Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) supported athletes, Kristina Clonan and James Moriarty to debut at Birmingham.

QAS supported track cyclists, Kristina Clonan and James Moriarty have been named as part of a squad of 34 cyclists made up of 23 debutants combined with experienced riders, all wheeling towards golden glory for Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Australian cyclists dominated at the Gold Coast Games in 2018, claiming 14 golds and a total of 23 medals in 26 events, and the Team will be hoping to challenge England who will take the home team advantage this time around.

James Moriarty is tipped to thrive against top-flight riders from around the Commonwealth in the men's track cycling events.

“It’s a huge honour and I am very excited for what’s to come and to represent Australia at my first multi-sport Games,” Moriarty said.

Kristina Clonan, 24 will also make her debut in the track cycling after securing her first 500th individual medal at the Track Nations Cup four weeks ago.

“I am very happy to be selected to represent Australia and want to thank all who have supported me this far, we’re just getting started." Clonan said.

Commonwealth Games Australia Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM said the powerful cycling squad was one of the nation’s favourite teams. She is looking forward to their deeds in track and road cycling as well as on the mountain bike.

“This team includes returning Commonwealth Games gold medallists and highly experienced Australian representatives, as well as a group of talented cyclists making their debut and ready to take on the Commonwealth’s best at the Birmingham Games,” Thomas said.

“I wish them all the best for their preparations and competition, and hope they know we are all behind them.”

Track cycling made its’ debut at the second edition of the Games in 1934 in London and has been on the program at every Game since. Track cycling at Birmingham 2022 will be held at The Lee Valley Velopark which was built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Last updated: 27 Jun 2022