O’Brien eyes title defence

VIS athlete Kelland O’Brien is one of Australia’s rising track stars and will be looking to defend his title at the 2016 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, taking place from July 20-24.

O’Brien claimed world titles in the team pursuit and Madison (partnering Rohan Wight) last year in Astana. He also claimed bronze in the individual pursuit.

The upcoming World Championships will be held at the UCI World Cycling Centre Velodrome with a capacity of 800.

There are approximately 230 participants aged between 17 and 18 from 35 countries expected to compete, representing the next generation of track cyclists, and 19 World Champions will be crowned.

Australian cycling fans can watch the Championships streamed live via the UCI YouTube channel (tv.uci.ch) and you can also follow @UCI_cycling on Twitter.

Victorian hopeful and defending junior world champion O’Brien is preparing to compete in the International Track Series Melbourne (ITS Melbourne) later this month in the lead-up to July.

On competing in front of a home crowd, the 18-year-old said: "I think it's an important opportunity to blow out the cobwebs and get the racing legs firing in the final stretch to junior worlds."

He added: “I can't wait to get out there and have a good hit out in front of the home crowd! I am hoping to shake out the nerves and get in a few good solid races and test out some tactics.”

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