Clonan’s dream of competing on the Gold Coast within reach
CYCLING: Kristina Clonan will embrace a “pretty full on” month of cycling as she continues the hunt for a Commonwealth Games berth.
The 19-year-old Buderim product enjoyed a solid year on the bike in 2017, placing second at the track nationals and ninth at the world championships in Hong Kong.
And she will enter the new year hungrier than ever to earn her place in the green and gold for the Gold Coast Games.
Clonan will kick off her year by competing in Ballarat this week at the Road National Championships, where she will enter the criterium and road race events.
Despite being heavily focused on the track form of the sport, Clonan said she was looking forward to “mixing it” with the country’s best on the blacktop.
She said last year’s event “lived up to expectations” and she was ready for another tough battle.
“It’s not meant to be easy and we’re racing against the elites so it’s definitely going to be hard,” she said.
“But it’s really good training and really good for progression and is just a really great opportunity to race against the best girls in Australia.”
Following road nationals, Clonan will compete in the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under as part of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport racing team.
She will then join eight other talents for a Commonwealth Games camp.
“They’re (selectors) always watching and we go into the training camp and they’ll be watching there as well to see how everyone is going,” she said.
It’s a busy four weeks of cycling but Clonan will savour any opportunity to prove herself to selectors ahead of the track nationals at the beginning of February.
“It’s pretty full on (January) … It’s all leading into track nationals, which is probably the big focus,” she said.
She’s not the only Coast product competing in Ballarat this week, with Alexandra Martin-Wallace and Shara Gillow also in action.