December 8, 2021
Dual Olympian Georgia Baker is the latest addition to a rapidly growing list of profile athletes coming to the 2021/2022 TasCarnival series.
The World Champion from Launceston said carnival racing was in her bones and was eager to be a part of the fresh-looking series this summer.
“The carnivals have always been a part of my life since I started cycling back in 2008. I look forward to the carnivals each year, the racing is exciting and heaps of fun not only for the riders but for spectators too.
“I’m also lucky to race in front of a home crowd each year, which is an added bonus,” Baker said.
A regular at the TasCarnival series, Baker has a sizeable trophy cabinet to date. In 2019 she won the World Title in the Team Pursuit and will be joined in Tasmania this series by World Champion teammate Alex Manly.
The women’s field of riders will be as strong as ever, with over 30 women cyclists confirmed. In addition to Baker and Manly, Australian Cycling team member Maeve Plouffe will return to Tasmania. They’ll be joined by AusCycling’s Podium Potential riders Sophie Edwards, Chloe Moran, Kristina Clonan and Launceston’s Lauren Perry.
Baker understands the importance of the TasCarnvial series and hopes this summer will inspire other youngsters to ride fast.
“I started cycling thorough a Talent Identification program, but my first track race was at the carnivals.
I was always inspired by the likes of Amy Cure and Belinda Goss and getting to race alongside those girls made me really eager to succeed,” she added.
Both Baker and Manly have signed with Team BikeExchange for the next two seasons, with a focus on the roads. But after winning the Burnie Wheel from scratch last year, she still has unfinished business on the tracks in Tasmania.
“I’m excited about racing this year’s series, the racing is always hard and intense. I’ll still be racing the track through the year, but it won’t be my only focus. The Tassie carnivals will set me up really well for the summer of cycling.
“Winning Burnie Wheel last year was really special, but I’ve always had my eye on Launceston.
I grew up training on the Silverdome, so to win the Wheel race on my home track would be very special,” baker declared.
Baker will ride Launceston on December 28 and 30, along with Devonport on December 29 and Burnie on December 31.
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