Glenmore Park teenager Stephen Cuff has been named in the 15-member Australian squad travelling to the 2017 UCI Junior World Cycling Championships in Italy next month.
Cuff will don the green and gold when he lines up for the Men’s Track Endurance event held in Montichiari in his worlds debut, saying he was very happy to be named on the squad.
“It was really good,” Cuff said. “I was waiting and waiting for the announcement, so it was a relief [when the team was named].”
The selection follows a series of incredible performances that saw Cuff finish in the top three at three separate events within a matter of weeks late last year. He claimed bronze at his first ever international event – the Oceania Championships – and his first individual track national title at the 2017 Cycling Australia Omnium Track National Championships. He also clinched Australia’s premier track event, the Austral Wheelrace, at just 16-years-old last December, making him the youngest competitor to have ever won the event.
Cuff was selected to attend a 10-day training session in Adelaide last month in a prelude to Cycling Australia announcing the final Junior Worlds team, which was selected from a 21-strong squad named following March’s 2017 Cycling Australia Track National Championships.
The team features 13 debutants and two returning members, Cycling Australia stated.
Cuff said he was looking forward to travelling to Adelaide and training with the squad for nine days before flying out of Australia.
“We’ll be there for six days before racing starts, so that’s nearly a week to acclimatise,” he said.
Cuff will also have the support of parents Julian and Lynn, who are planning to head over to Italy to cheer him on.