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  Not just Australia's best but the world's best will be competing in the women's endurance events - points race, scratch race, individual pursuit and team pursuit. World Champions in Amy Cure (Elite Points), Alex Manly, Lauren Perry and Macey Stewart (Junior) plus Commonwealth Champion Annette Edmondson (Scratch Race) will be fighting for the green and gold jersey.

Points Race

Annette Edmondson

Edmondson has won the points race for the past three years (2012-14) and scratch race three times (2011 and 2013-14) and will be looking to make it four in a row in the points race. In terms of speed in the sprints there is nobody in the field who can out sprint her. More than capable of taking or joining moves to take a lap. Will miss the scratch race due to Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Melissa Hoskins

Silver in the points race the past two seasons and silver in the scratch in 2013 (didn't race last year). Has been the biggest challenger to Edmondson in recent years and is likely to again be her biggest rival. Took a lap and got an advantage on Edmondson last year but was unable to keep it. A year stronger and on the best form of her life 2015 could be the year she takes that first elite title. Will also miss the scratch race.

Amy Cure

In February last year Cure became only the second Australian after the great Kate Bates to win the World Championship in the points race. As the reigning World Champion Cure will have the rare opportunity to wear the jersey on home soil. Was on dominant form again at the London World Cup in December where she took the win in the points race. Will not ride the scratch race.

Macey Stewart

Strong across the disciplines but the points race is where Stewart is perhaps at her best. Won the junior title in both 2013 and 2014. A strong sprint and her ability and willingness to take a lap makes her dangerous. Junior Omnium World Champion and event she won due to her strength in the points race. Stepping up to the elite ranks for the first time will be a test but if anyone can do it, it is Stewart.

Ashlee Ankudinoff

There is not a lot Ankudinoff has not won on the track with World, Oceania and Australian titles to her name. Has never been on the podium in the points race but that could change this year. A recharged Ankudinoff was in a league of her own at the Omnium Nationals and when it comes to pure speed she is right up there with the best. No scratch race.

Alex Manly

While Manly is strongest against the clock, her explosiveness has improved significantly over the past few months. Claimed bronze in the junior race last year and her sprint is much fastest now. Already matching the best in the world over a 4km individual pursuit if Manly can take a lap she could cause a big upset.

Other names to watch: Georgia Baker, Lauren Perry and Rebecca Wiasak.

Individual Pursuit

Note: Alex Manly withdrew to illness.

Annette Edmondson

Winner in 2012 and 2013 and was expected to complete the triple last year but a storming Amy Cure made that impossible. With a greater focus on the individual pursuit this year expect Edmondson to come out firing. Claimed silver at the Commonwealth Games last year, ahead of Cure and is a former bronze medallist at the World Championships. Gold medal at the Oceania Championships last year.

Amy Cure

The defending champion will be motivated to go back to back. Cure is the holder of the world record for the under 19 2km individual pursuit and has long been one of the best in the world. A former World Championship silver medallist and 2014 bronze medallist at both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Melissa Hoskins

Hoskins rounded out the podium last year taking bronze. Australia has been making great progress in the team pursuit and Hoskins is hoping for a personal best in the event this year. Her form at the Santos Women's Tour was arguably the best of her life and don't be surprised to see Hoskins on the podium.

Ashlee Ankudinoff

Ankudinoff missed the podium last year in what was a very difficult year for her. With illness behind her Ankudinoff is ready to bounce back in 2015. Reclaimed her Australian omnium title in December in dominating fashion but was beaten in the IP by a rampaging Alex Manly

Macey Stewart

Bronze medallist last year in the junior ranks but 2014 was the year Stewart announced herself to the world. Junior World Champion in the team pursuit and omnium and time trial on the road. Didn't ride the individual pursuit at the World Championships last year but her time in the omnium was good enough to have won silver in the IP.

Lauren Perry

Junior World Champion in 2013 but was unable to defend her title last year but still managed to take home bronze. Steps up to the elite ranks for the first time. Fifth in her first 3km individual pursuit at the Omnium National Championships in December but was nearly 10 seconds behind Alex Manly.

Rebecca Wiasak

A World Cup winner but only finished fifth last year in Adelaide. Wiasak is determined to make the Australian World Championship squad in the team pursuit and a strong performance here would no doubt help her chances. With the depth of talent in Australia making the podium will be a tough ask.

Other names to watch: Georgia Baker and Emily McRedmond.

Team Pursuit


Caused an upset last year when they stopped the dominance of the West Australian team. The switch to four riders over four kilometres favours Tasmania with Amy Cure, Georgia Baker and Macey Stewart and Lauren Perry who step up to the elite ranks for the first time. Though the later duo rode the open team pursuit last year. The strength of Tasmania, coached by Matt Gilmore will be very hard to beat.

South Australia

The team pursuit is the only event Endurance Queen Nettie Edmondson has not won. It will be a hard ask to take gold but expect to find them on the podium again this year. Like WA they had to use a sprinter Holly Takos as a fourth rider along with juniors Alex Manly and Danielle McKinnirey. This year with Edmondson, Manly, McKinnirey and a likely use of Chloe Moran as their fourth rider they are a formidable team.

Other states to watch: New South Wales with Ash Ankudinoff and Imogen Jelbart and Victoria.

Scratch Race

Will be added when a list of riders who will be riding the event is known.

Under 19

The big winners form the past couple of years have stepped up to the senior level giving room for the next wave to step up. Of the World Championship squad from last year only Dani McKinnirey remains.

Dani McKinnirey

World Champion in the team pursuit last year before claiming the Oceania titles in the individual pursuit and points race. McKinnirey then added the Australian Omnium title in December. When it comes to the bunch races McKinnirey has a potent sprint making her extremely dangerous. Very strong in the individual pursuit as well.

Brooke Tucker

Winner of the women's Austral Wheelrace in December was a regular on the podium at under 17 level in the sprint events. Runner up in the omnium behind McKinnirey in December, finishing on equal points and only losing on count back. A strong sprint makes her dangerous in the bunch races. Third in the individual pursuit at Omnium Nationals and will be a name to watch there.

Chloe Moran

Moran's strength is against the clock. Second behind Dani McKinnirey at the Oceania Champions in the individual pursuit but got the upper hand winning the South Australian state Championship and the omnium IP in December. Expect her to be challenging for gold in the individual pursuit.

Jade Haines

Reigning under 17 National Champion in individual pursuit. Stepping up to under 19 for the first time but that is the same situation for the majority of the field.

Ruby Roseman-Gannon

One of the most consistent performances across the endurance disciplines at the under 17 level. Reigning champion in the points race as an under 17 and also claimed bronze in the individual pursuit and finished fourth in the scratch race.

Bridget Mullany

Mullany rounded out the podium at the Omnium National Championships. When it comes to the bunch races Mullany will be the name to watch. Won both the scratch and elimination races in the Omnium in a sign of her turn of speed.

Other names to watch: Chloe Baggs, Nicola MacDonald and Tori Saunders.
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