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  Sam Welsford Interview Track World Cup  
  October 30th 2014  
  After a successful two years in the under 19 ranks West Australian Sam Welsford continues his transition to the elite ranks after being selected in Cycling Australia's squad for the first Track World Cup of the 2014/15 season in Guadalajara in early November. "I was stoked to be selected. I was super happy to hear that I was in the team. This will be my first World Cup so I'm really excited," said Welsford.

A dual Junior Track World Champion in the team pursuit and a multiple Australian Champion across endurance events Welsford is already achieving strong results in his first senior events. After riding the BikeNZ Cup and Classic in New Zealand Welsford claimed two gold medals at the Oceania Championships in October.

Welsford is keen to continue to develop as he prepares to ride his first World Cup. "I'm looking to gain experience really. As this is my first World Cup, I will be going to learn and gain from watching, racing and taking away new things."

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

Sam Welsford: I came into the sport through my Dad, I would always see him getting up early and going for rides. Then when I was 8 I thought I'd give it a go.

PW: What was it like winning the team pursuit at your first Junior World Championships in 2013?

SW: Surreal! I couldn't believe it. It felt awesome because of all the hard work we put it in and how badly we all wanted it.

PW: You successfully defended the title this year. What was more special winning it for first time or defending it?

SW: I think both were pretty equal. The first year was unbelievable yet the second year was awesome to take the title home again.

PW: Your first event in the senior ranks was the BikeNZ Classic and Cup. Podiums in the scratch, Omnium and Madison. An important first step up to elite level?

SW: Yeah it was an awesome experience to senior racing. I went there to learn and grow as I am transitioning to seniors. I had some good results, which was a bonus.

PW: Oceania Championships saw you claim gold in the team pursuit and Madison. Happy with your performances?

SW: Yeah super happy with my first senior Oceania titles. Being in the Aussie team pursuit and Madison alone was great, but to take the win in both was amazing.

PW: What is the most important thing you can take away from your time as a junior?

SW: Probably to learn and have fun when youíre out there. Take what you learn from junior experiences and use them as you step up through the ranks.

PW: Major goals for the 2014/15 track season?

SW: Hopefully going to more world cups and trying to nail out some good national results in the senior ranks.

PW: Favourite event?

SW: I'd have to say the Omnium. I like how it incorporates multiple disciplines throughout the event.

PW: You have had success on the road in Australia. Do you have further road ambitions?

SW: Yes I love the road as much as I love the track. I'm looking forward to racing some NRS with my team, Satalyst Giant Racing Team. But Iím defiantly looking at transitioning to the road when the times right.
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