Adelaide’s youngest rising cycling star, Chloe Moran, has the potential to become one of Australia’s cyclists for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Brett Aitken, Chloe’s coach from the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) said, “I think she could be one of the best time triallers in the world.”
Chloe, who is 16-years-old, always enjoyed school sports of every kind and excelled in most, until she was discovered by SASI.
SASI’s talent identification program collaborates with schools to look for new talent in various endurance and sprint tests.
SASI only selects the best athletes to undergo more specific testing and Chloe showed huge potential in her cycling ability.
She has so far won gold in over five national competitions, having recently won the Elite Women’s A Grade competition in Warrnambool.
Chloe described the win as a “surprise”, considering it was only the second time she competed in an older division.
Riding alongside some of the best cyclists is something Chloe is going to have to get used to though, as she prepares for the Junior Track World Championships held in Kazakhstan this August.
“I’m just so excited, it’ll definitely be a moment putting on the green and gold, supporting Australia,” said Chloe.
Cheering her on from the sidelines will be Chloe’s mother, Sandra Peake, who is totally supportive of her daughter’s cycling endeavours, but as a mother, sometimes worries about the dangers of the sport.
Chloe had a serious cycling crash in early 2014, leaving her hospitalised for a fractured knee.
“It didn’t really affect my mental state as just after the crash…I wanted to get right back into it,” said Chloe.
Cycling involves huge commitment, and Chloe trains twice a day, mixing between road sessions, track sessions, the gym and ergos, totalling approximately 500kms per week or 20 – 30 hours.
She makes balancing such intense training with schoolwork look easy, gaining a SACE merit last year as a year 10 student.
“It is a struggle with a lot of late nights catching up on study, but my school is really understanding giving me extensions and time off to compete,” said Chloe.
Aitken is incredibly proud of his young cyclist, saying it was a moment for him when she won her first individual National Title last year.
“I think Chloe is one of the toughest girls I’ve ever seen in the sport and I don’t say that lightly… she’s a good candidate to be a top professional and make a good living from the sport she loves,” said Aitken.
Aitken is excited for Chloe’s bright future, as she is on her way to becoming one of Australia’s best cyclists.