Talented Ararat cyclist Alice Culling will represent Australia for a second time following another successful national campaign.
Culling is among 12 Australian cyclists chosen to don the green and gold to contest the 2018 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Switzerland in August.
The under-19 squad was finalised following the 2018 Cycling Australia Track National Championships in Brisbane last month.
Culling excelled in Brisbane, winning gold in teams pursuit and silver in the madison and individual pursuit.
The 2017 Victorian Track Cyclist of the Year is one of two cyclists returning for a second tilt at the junior track world championships.
Both Culling and Queenslander Alexandra Martin-wallace competed in Italy in 2017.
Culling said she was thrilled to make the national team a second time.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “I’m not sure what events I’ll be in, because it’s still a fair way away, but I have the potential to compete in several events.
“I’m currently number five in the world for the points race and there are other races I am up there in. We’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s early days at the moment.”
Culling is an Ararat and District Cycling Club member and travels to Melbourne two to three times a week for training.
Olympian and former Ararat resident Shane Kelly is her coach.
Culling said training involved a significant amount of travel and commitment, but it allowed her access to great coaches.
“I have one rest day a week, but I love what I do,” she said.
“I’ve been riding for about 11 years. I did swimming and everything when I was younger, but cycling was my sport. I love it.
“I’m on a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship and I’m completing year 12 over two years, which helps me to fit everything in. My plan is to do three subjects this year and do them well, and the rest next year.”
Culling said she had high hopes for the future.
“Next year I step up into elite racing, which is a big step up,” she said.
“My aim is to do well at this year’s world championships and then after that, to make a high-performance team in Adelaide.”
Qualifying for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Beijing is also in Culling’s sights.
She said if her track ambitions did not pan out she would consider road racing overseas, like fellow Ararat cyclist Lucas Hamilton.
“For now, I’m focused on preparing for the championships in August,” Culling said.
“I’d like to thank the whole community for their support.”
Culling will compete in the Bendigo International Madison at the weekend.
The 2018 UCI Junior Track World Championships are in Agile, Switzerland, from August 15 to 19.
NATIONAL PRIDE: Ararat cyclist Alice Culling, fittingly pictured waving an Australian flag at Marian College swimming sports last month, will represent Australia at the 2018 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Switzerland.