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  Patrick Constable continues to rise with Cali World Cup Selection  
  January 13th 2015  
  Patrick Constable is one of a number of rising stars in Australian track sprinting. Selected for the Junior Track World Championships in Glasgow in 2013, Constable was part of the winning Australian Team Sprint trio with Alex Radzikiewicz and Jai Angsuthasawit. The same trio had at the end of 2012 won the junior Oceania title and the junior Australian title in 2013. Making Constable a rare holder of the World, Oceania continental and Australian titles in the same discipline at the same time.

As well as his team sprint success Constable finished fourth in the sprint as the reigning National Champion at Junior Worlds. The past 18 months have seen Constable make the transition to the elite ranks. A task often difficult to handle but Constable has already been making significant strides in the right direction.

Constable has finished inside the top 10 in seven UCI sprint events in 2014 and is ranked inside the top 50. Including second behind world number one Matthew Glaetzer at the Austral carnival. Constable also found the podium in the sprint at the BikeNZ Classic in September last year.

His success across 2014 including at the Austral where Constable beat multiple Track World Champion Shane Perkins in the semi final has seen him selected for the Cali Track World Cup. Below Constable talks his time as a junior, 2014 and what he hopes to achieve in Cali.

PelotonWatch: How did you first come in to the sport?

Patrick Constable: I first came into the sport through the talent ID program in 2010. At the Tour Down Under I picked up a flyer for the annual testing, and sure enough one thing lead to another.

PW: What do you like most about track sprinting?

PC: The thing I like most about track sprinting is the continual search for more speed, the never ending quest to draw the most out of yourself as an athlete.

PW: Who has been your biggest influence?

PC: To date I'd say my biggest influence has been my coach Jason Niblett. I've always looked up to Nibbo, both as an athlete and a coach, and his depth of knowledge and passion for track cycling has brought improvements out of all of us in the SASI program.

PW: You claimed gold in the team sprint at the Junior Track World Championships in 2013. What did pulling on the rainbow jersey mean to you?

PC: For myself, pulling on the rainbow jersey in Glasgow was a reward for the effort I had put in throughout my junior years. At the same time, it almost wrapped up my time in U/19's and gave me confidence to one day progress to being a contender in the elites.

PW: Going from the junior to senior ranks especially in a country like Australia with such depth is not always easy. Has stepping up been difficult?

PC: Going from Junior to Senior is a huge step. It's difficult for everyone, so for the beginning of my senior career I have really focused on making that transition as smooth and as rapid as I can to become competitive once again. That meant using the depth of field in Aus to learn from every race I complete regardless of outcome. It also meant training like an elite in the gym and on the bike, building that strength and power which juniors lack.

PW: You finished second in the sprint behind Matthew Glaetzer at the Austral Carnival. How much confidence can you take from that result?

PC: Finishing behind Matt in my first elite sprint final has given me a big confidence boost to carry into the next events. Matt is a class act, and to execute tactically in my races against him and Shane was a big positive.

PW: Named in the Australian team for the final Track World Cup of the season in Cali. What are you hoping to gain from the competition?

PC: From this World Cup I hope to gain some essential exposure to senior racing on an international level, a step up again from anything I have raced to date. If I can learn and improve then the trip will be a success and will help with future international events. Apart from that, I'm just proud to pull on the Aussie speed suit and race internationally again after 18 months.
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