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  When the field includes the most successful female track rider in history Anna Meares, Commonwealth Sprint Champion Stephanie Morton, triple World Champion Kaarle McCulloch plus rising starts Caitlin Ward and Rikki Belder you can be certain one of thing - great racing!


Anna Meares

Olympic, World, Commonwealth, Oceania and Australian Sprint Champion. There is nothing she hasn't done! A total of ten World Championship titles, no woman has more and Meares is not done yet. Took some time off after the Olympics but has steadily been building her form since. Her tactical experience is second to none. As the defending champion Meares will be looking to defend. Won the sprint at the Austral carnival in December.

Stephanie Morton

Paralympic Champion made the switch back to individual competition after London. Since then Morton has gone from strength to strength. Won the sprint at the Oceania Championships in October for the second time, beating her idol Anna Meares. Morton has a very quick turn of pace and every race she rides she gets better tactically. Missed the Austral carnival in December with illness but will be ready here.

Kaarle McCulloch

McCulloch is a two time National Champion in the sprint but is still best known for her three consecutive World Team Sprint titles with Anna Meares. Morton made a return from injury at the Oceania Championships are missing a year of racing. Finished third behind Morton and Meares but is clearly on the way back. After battling depression she is back loving what she does. Expect her to challenge for the podium but will not have it easy.

Rikki Belder

A name many might not be overly familiar with but Belder has been working away and improving every year. A multiple National Champion in the team sprint with both Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton. Belder finished fifth last year but she has developed greatly as a rider since then. Won the keirin at the Austral carnival beating Anna Meares on the line.

Caitlin Ward

Former silver medallist in the sprint at the Junior World Championships was on an upward trajectory in 2014. Claimed bronze last year and a medal in all four events. Won four UCI sprint events in 2014 but is often inconsistent when it comes to qualifying. Finished 12th at the recent Track World Cup in Cali and if she can build on that experience will again be challenging for the podium.

Other names to watch: Catherine Culvenor, Holly Takos and Breanna Hargrave


Anna Meares

Back to back World titles in 2011 and 2012 makes Meares again the name to watch. In her first World championships back from her post London break claimed silver. Not the defending champion however as Stephanie Morton claimed her first big win last year beating Meares in the final to take gold. Meares' experience will prove valuable in an event she has won six national titles in.

Stephanie Morton

Morton is back looking to make it three in a row in the keirin. Winner in 2013 but with Meares absent but beat Meares last year. Over the past two years Morton has stepped up as a big rival to Meares nationally. Proved her win over Meares wasn't just a one off occurrence when she claimed the Oceania title in December.

Rikki Belder

Took the biggest win of her still young career at the Austral Carnival. Not even a strong charge from Anna Meares could stop Belder claiming the win. Belder also claimed bronze at the Oceania Championships. Could Belder surprise again? A quick turn of speed and with confidence on her side, could well find the podium.

Kaarle McCulloch

McCulloch has been keirin National Champion in 2008 and 2010. Her lack of racing over the past year will be to her disadvantage. Didn't compete at the Austral or Oceania Championships. If she is close to her former level could again be challenging for the win.

Caitlin Ward

While Ward stepped up in the sprint events last year a win in the keirin still proved elusive. Finished third at the National Championships and fifth at Oceania's and silver at the Japan Cup and BikeNZ Classic. Made the final at the Cali World Cup and looking to be in contention before a medal before being taken out on the penultimate lap.

Other names to watch: Catherine Culvenor, Holly Takos and Breanna Hargrave.

500m Time Trial

Having been removed from the Olympic programme it is an event not all riders compete it. Changes may be made when official entry list is known.

Anna Meares

Olympic Champion in 2004, four time World Champion and three consecutive Commonwealth titles and holds the World Record. The 500m time trial is Anna's event and the one she first made her name in. Silver at the 2014 World Championships.

Kaarle McCulloch

The 500m time trial has been the most successful event for McCulloch with five national titles, 2008 and 2010-2013.

Other names to watch: Caitlin Ward and Catherine Culvenor rounded out the podium last year. Stephanie Morton claimed silver in Glasgow and will be a challenger should she decide to race.

Team Sprint

Will be added when pairings are known.

Under 19

Courtney Field

Sprint sensation Courtney Field is the Junior World Sprint Champion and silver medallist in both the keirin and 500m time trial at the World Championships last year. Was in a league of her own at Nationals as a first year doing the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial triple. Expect to see Field again on top as she starts her second year in the under 19 category. Already 18 national titles to her name.

Brit Jackson

Jackson is still relatively new to the sport having taken it up after watching Anna Meares win sprint gold in London. A first year under 19 who claimed bronze in the sprint and keirin at under 17 level last year. Bronze in the sprint at the Oceania Championships last year.

Tahlay Christie

Another up and coming talent. Has never managed to beat Field though, other than when Field was relegated at the Oceania Championships in the keirin. Expect her to challenge but breaking Field's dominance is unlikely. Under 17 National Champion in the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial last year.

Brooke Tucker

Winner of the women's Austral in December and when you have the last name Tucker there is a great deal of expectation on her shoulders. Steps up to the under 19 level for the first time. Silver medallist in the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial at under 17 level last year.

Other names to watch: Bridget Mullany.
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