Jason Niblett edges closer to Glasgow

WIMMERA cyclist Jason Niblett has been named in the Cycling Australia track long team for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Niblett, a 2010 Commonwealth Games team sprint gold medallist, is pilot to seven-time Paralympian Kieran Modra.

This year's games will be the first to feature tandem para-cycling events.

Niblett said the long team selection gave the pair -  which won the tandem one-kilometre time trial and tandem 200-metre sprint at December's para-cycling national championships -  a good chance of booking its place at Glasgow.

"I'd like to think we're a good chance, but it's not set in stone yet," he said.

"The qualifying time is 10.4 seconds in the sprint and we rode a 10.1 at nationals, so it puts us in good stead."

The duo will join forces at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Mexico next month, with Niblett predicting there would be some fast times set.

"We've got the world championships coming up and that's basically the last cut-off for people to put up a time," he said.

"We'll hopefully look to break 10 seconds in the 200-metre - no team has been under 10 yet.

"It's a tough ask but we're up to the challenge."

Niblett coaches full-time at the South Australian Sports Institute, which means he has to juggle work and training commitments.

"With the coaching side of it I've had stints where I can train really hard and stints where I haven't been able to train as much," he said.

"It's quality over quantity at the moment, which is great for sprint cycling."

Niblett said he and Modra would attend a training camp in Adelaide next week.

"Hopefully we can go to Mexico and put some good performances on the board," he said.

Niblett said the duo would go all-out to have success at the world championships and to secure Commonwealth Games selection.

The final track team nominations for this year's games will be made in the first week of June.


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