Off the back of the Oceania track championships, the Australian women’s endurance team has decamped to Adelaide for its first training camp under new coach Jason Bartram. After four year’s in the men’s endurance programme, Bartram took up his new role in July, replacing Gary Sutton, and is charged with guiding the squad to Olympic and Commonwealth Games success from next year.
For Bartram and his riders, the camp is the beginning of his push for gold medal success at the home 2018 Commonwealth Games in April and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Australian track nationals in early February will be another important event.
While the squad has undergone changes in recent years with retirements, the core of Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Rebecca Wiasak, Alex Manly and Georgia Baker assembled in Adelaide for the camp. Also at the camp is a group of riders Bartram believes will be crucial to long-term success on the track, Macey Stewart, Lauren Perry, Josie Talbot, Danielle McKinnirey, Nicola Macdonald, Chloe Moran and Kristina Clonan.
“This year is all about gaining momentum, momentum in the training environment,” Bartram said. “It is exciting to see there are a few key areas where we can make great improvements and we believe we can close these gap to the current world’s best.
“But to do this, it is about having consistent time with the team to actually focus on the gaps. And we find that when we race, when we have to travel to races on a regular basis, you are two, three weeks and you are mostly thinking about the next performance as opposed spending the time to be better in the longer term.”
For Bartram, he believes that competition and high-level training is key for his riders and will pay off at international championships
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