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Bio:
Name: Kelland O’Brien (Kell)
Age: 17
State: Victoria
Sport: Track/Road Endurance Cycling
Team: Victorian Institute of Sport

Career Highlights:
Selected for National Team for UCI Junior Track World Championships Aigle, Switzerland July 20-24, 2016.
National U19 Scratch Race Champion 2016
National U19 Points Race Champion 2016
National U19 Individual Pursuit Champion 2016
National U19 Team Pursuit Champion 2016
Ride of the Series (Individual Pursuit) Subaru Track Nationals 2016
U19 Champion of Champions Subaru Track Nationals 2016
Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic – Winner Men’s Support General Classification
Bronze – Elite Australian Men’s Madison 2016 (Partner Mat Ross)
U19 National Ominium Champion 2016
Junior World Champion 2015 – Team Pursuit (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Junior World Champion 2015 – Madison (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Individual Pursuit - Junior World Track Championships 2015 (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Silver – Criterium - U19 Road National Championships 2015 (Gold Coast, QLD)
Nominated for Cycling Australia’s Junior Track Cyclist of the Year 2015
Selected for the National Team for Junior Track Worlds 2015

Recent Results:
National U19 Scratch Race Champion 2016
National U19 Points Race Champion 2016
National U19 Individual Pursuit Champion 2016
National U19 Team Pursuit Champion 2016
Ride of the Series (Individual Pursuit) Subaru Track Nationals 2016
U19 Champion of Champions Subaru Track Nationals 2016
Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic – Winner Men’s Support General Classification
Bronze – Elite Australian Men’s Madison 2016 (Partner Mat Ross)
U19 National Ominium Champion 2016
Junior World Champion 2015 – Team Pursuit (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Junior World Champion 2015 – Madison (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Individual Pursuit - Junior World Track Championships 2015 (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Upcoming Events:
UCI Junior Track World Championships, Aigle, Switzerland July 20-24, 2016.

How did you get in to your sport?
I began cycling at 5, at a local BMX club for fun with my Dad. I then played basketball for a few years until I was about 12 when my Dad and I started doing some Mountain Biking for fun together and we raced in some endurance races as well. I joined a local track/road club and got my first taste of the track on an outdoor velodrome. Dad and I continued to ride together on the road with a bunch of his mates and I learned how to ride properly on the road and in a bunch. I did some track training at the club and really started to love it and competing as a junior. I raced as much as I could locally and we did a bit of travelling around too for track carnivals and road races. I started to do quite well and this just motivated me on to learn, to work harder and to try and get more competitive.

What is the hardest thing about your sport?
Well, nothing about this sport is easy! I don’t do it because it’s easy, I do it because it is my passion and I’m driven to achieve my dreams.

What does your regular training week consist of?
Some days consist of gym sessions and recovery rides plus a session on the track (velodrome) in the evening. Other days are several hours on the road bike or time trial bike doing specific training efforts or alternatively ergo sessions inside. The Summer also means there is at least a couple of club criterium races on throughout the week which are heaps of fun. There are always a couple of track sessions throughout the week and there is also a lot of competition on and travelling, so I enjoy that too. On rest days I still like to keep moving and get outside.

How do you keep motivated?
When you find something you love, you don’t really have to “find” motivation to do it. Of course some days are harder than others but the dream remains the same.

Goals (Future Plans and Career Expectations):
Ultimately I aim to continue to compete for Australia and win medals at International Level , World Championship, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

My goals over the next 6-12 months however are to be extremely competitive at the upcoming Junior World Track Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, defending my 2 world titles in Team Pursuit and Madison as well as bring home the Omnium gold. Then in October I move into the Elite ranks and aim to transition well and be competitive at this level seeking selection for senior events.

Best piece of advice you have been given:
Believe in yourself no matter what!