Olympic cyclist Georgia Baker locks herself up in Tasmanian carnival series | Examiner

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Two-time Olympian Georgia Baker is the latest addition to a rapidly growing list of top athletes who will compete in the 2021-22 Tasmanian Carnival Series. The 27-year-old Perth track world champion has said carnival racing is in her bones. “Carnivals have always been a part of my life since I started cycling in 2008. I look forward to the carnivals every year, the races are exciting and a lot of fun not only for the runners but also for the spectators. “she said. “I also get the chance to race in front of a local crowd every year which is an added bonus.” The series regular has a sizable trophy cabinet featuring the 2019 world team pursuit title alongside fellow carnival participant Alex Manly. The women’s field has over 30 confirmed, including Australian cycling team member Maeve Plouffe as well as potential AusCycling podium riders Sophie Edwards, Chloe Moran, Kristina Clonan and Lauren Perry from Launceston. “I started riding a bike on a talent identification program, but my first track race was at the carnival,” Baker said. “I’ve always been inspired by Amy Cure and Belinda Goss and running alongside these girls really made me want to be successful.” Baker and Manly have both signed with Team BikeExchange for the next two seasons, with a focus on the road. But after winning the Burnie Wheel from scratch last year, Baker has some unfinished business on the tracks in his home country. “I’m excited about this year’s race, the race is still tough and intense. I will continue to race on the track throughout the year but that won’t be my only goal. The Tassie Carnivals will prepare me very much. good for summer of cycling. Winning Burnie Wheel last year was really special, but I always had an eye on Launceston. I grew up training on the Silverdome, so winning the wheel race on my home track would be very special. ”Baker will ride Launceston on December 28 and 30, with Devonport on December 29 and Burnie on December 31.

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