Jason Niblett headed for Glasgow

ON THE HUNT: Jason Niblett will chase gold in Glasgow.
ON THE HUNT: Jason Niblett will chase gold in Glasgow.

WIMMERA cycling product Jason Niblett will travel to Glasgow after being named in Cycling Australia's 41-member team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Niblett, 31, will pilot seven-time Paralympian and five-time Paralympic gold medallist Kieran Modra in tandem para-cycling events.

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

It will be Niblett's second appearance at a Commonwealth Games. He was part of the gold-medal winning Australian trio that set a new Commonwealth Games team sprint record at the 2010 event.

The Horsham export is one of six Commonwealth Games gold medallists in the Australian squad, which features 32 games debutants.

Niblett said the selection was exciting.

"It's been a pretty intense time," he said.

"I've been doing full-time coaching plus trying to ride, so I have to run on quality of training.

"We've got a camp on June 28 for three weeks and then we go to Glasgow after that."

Niblett a cycling coach at the South Australian Sports Institute and Modra joined forces almost a year ago and have enjoyed success since taking to the track together in December last year.

The duo claimed a pair of gold medals in the one-kilometre time trial and 200-metre sprint events at the 2014 Para-cycling Track National Championship, before winning silver in both at the 2014 UCE Para-Cycling World Championships in Mexico in April.

Niblett said he was hopeful the duo could go one better at the games.

"We'll hope for a medal and obviously gold would be the one we're aiming for," he said.

"I'd like to think going into the

Commonwealth Games I've been able to put in a good training block all the way up.

"Hopefully we can go a bit better than what we did at the worlds I'd like to think we can make a bit more of a progression.

"Up to the worlds I'd missed one or two weeks training at a time, so it wasn't ideal."

Niblett said he would combine competing with coaching while at the games, which would be his last hurrah.

"I'm double-dipping really," he said.

"I'll be working with Tim Decker and Gary Sutton with the endurance squads and talking about their training and structures, so it's going to be a bit of career development as well.

"This will definitely be my last time on a bike."

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will run from July 23 to August 3.


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