The rainbow jersey. Rohan Dennis (pictured) was the last Australian to win an elite category Road World Championships title, taking out the 2018 and 2019 time trial In a first of its kind multi-discipline UCI Cycling World Championships , there are plenty of rainbow jerseys on offer in 2023 and Australia has a strong contingent of riders to chase them. They range from BMX Freestyle Olympic gold medalist Logan Martin, to Rebecca Henderson in the Mountain Bike XCO, the defending men’s Team Sprint champion’s on the track plus Michael Matthews, Grace Brown and Rohan Dennis to take on the road races and time trials .
Australia will compete in ten of the 13 World Championships being held from August 3 to 13 with 121 athletes, nine of whom are lining up in more than one discipline. There are 84 elite riders, 11 under 23 representatives and 26 juniors, with six defending world champions among them.
All, of course, will be wanting to put their best foot forward, as always when the rainbow bands are on offer, but the stakes are particularly high this year given for many it is also important to stake a claim for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
We take a closer look at just some of the riders from Australia who have potential to end up on the Worlds podium, or perhaps even with a rainbow jersey on their back.
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