Shannon Malseed carries Aussie hopes in cycling road race

Shannon Malseed screams with joy as she takes out the
Shannon Malseed screams with joy as she takes out the

Cyclist Shannon Malseed carries Ballarat’s medal hopes in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games women’s road race on Saturday.

Originally from Portland, Malseed, 23, earned selection for her first Commonwealth Games by taking out the national elite women’s road race championship at Buninyong in January.

She faces the starter at Currumbin Beachfront at 7.45am.

Malseed is part of a powerful six-member Australian team in the 48-strong field, with her teammates including road time trial gold medallist Katrin Garfoot, Chloe Hosking, Gracie Elvin, Tiffany Cromwell and Sarah Roy.

New Zealand, England and Wales are other countries with a full representation of six riders.

Malseed has spent most of her preparation for the Games overseas with United States professional team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, which she is in her first year with.

HOW BALLARAT-LINKED ATHLETES HAVE FARED SO FAR

TRACK AND FIELD

Kathryn Mitchell, 35 Ballarat

Javelin

GOLD MEDAL

Australian, Oceania and Commonwealth Games record

Sam Rizzo, 17 Buninyong

Para-athlete – T54 1500m (wheelchair)

SIXTH in final

Stewart McSweyn, 22 Tasmania 

Former Eureka Athletics Club member

5000 metres

FIFTH

Ryan Gregson, 27 New South Wales 

Former Eureka Athletics Club member

1500 metres

at Carrara Stadium Track 

SECOND in heat

QUALIFIED for final on Saturday, April 14 - 4.10pm

Claire Tallent, 36 South Australia

Wife of Ballarat's Jared Tallent

20km walk

DISQUALIFIED

Victoria Mitchell, 35  New South Wales

Former Eureka Athletics Club member

3000m steeplchase

NINTH

BASKETBALL

BOOMERS

Lucas Walker, 33 Western Australia

Former Ballarat Miner

Nathan Sobey, 27 South Australia

Former Ballarat Miner

Boomers

Medal play-offs Sunday, April 15

OPALS

Alice Kunek, 27 Western Australia

Former Ballarat Rush, 

Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming), 27 Victoria

Former Ballarat Rush

Cayla George (nee Francis), 28 South Australia

former Ballarat Lady Miner

Medal play-offs Saturday, April 14

LAWN BOWLS

Brett Wilkie, 43 Queensland

Former Ballarat resident

Pairs – QUARTER FINAL

Fours – reached final, Friday, April 13