Bendigo cyclist Braeden Dean wins selection in Australian UCI Track World Cup team


Braeden Dean

Braeden Dean

BENDIGO'S Braeden Dean has secured a spot in the Australian team to contest the opening two rounds of 2016-17 UCI Track World Cup.

Dean is part of a youthful 10-rider team, which will compete in Scotland and the Netherlands next month.

First stop will be Glasgow on November 4-6, with round two to follow at Apeldoorn on November 11-13.

He is joined in the men's sprint team by Rio Olympian Nathan Hart, from Canberra, and South Australian Tom Clarke.

The men's endurance team will feature South Australian Callum Scotson, who won silver in Rio with the men's 4000m pursuit team and earlier this year won the Bendigo and District Cycling Club's Merv Dean Memorial tour.

Dean will be making his World Cup debut.

The 20-year-old has a long list of achievements including a win in the junior men's 1km time trial and team sprint at the 2014 national track championships.

A solid performance would see Dean in contention for selection for the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in April.

The championships will be staged in Hong Kong.

Australia's World Cup team includes women sprinters Holly Takos and Caitlin Ward and endurance riders Alex Manley and Danielle McKinnirey.

Cycling Australia CEO Nichols Green said it was exciting to see such a youthful line-up representing Australia.

"At the start of the new Olympic cycle, and with Australia hosting the Commonwealth Games in 18 monts, these events are critical in developing our talent," he said.

A change in World Cup format has seen the number of rounds expanded to four, comprising two back-to-back weekends.

Rounds three and four will be in Colombia on February 14-17 and Los Angeles on February 25-26.


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