Date of birth: 12 December 1991
Place of birth: Adelaide
Speciality: road - sprints, track - endurance
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Nettie Edmondson joins ORICA-AIS from Australia’s track programme. The winner of the bronze medal in the women’s omnium at the London Olympics became involved in cycling at the age of 13 through a talent identification test issued by the South Australian Sports Institute. Actively involved in volleyball, basketball and swimming, Nettie’s cycling experience had been limited to monthly mountain bike rides into town for an ice cream, so she was surprised to be tapped for a potential career in cycling. Despite the unexpected results, Nettie decided to explore her potential on the bike. One year later she won two bronze medals in the Under 17 category at the Australian National Track Championships.
The South Australian experienced a meteoric rise to the top of junior track cycling winning multiple national titles and medals at world championships events. She repeatedly broke records in the process.
Three years after she began to ride, Nettie took an indefinite break from the sport when she lost the passion for racing. Away from the bike, she traveled, worked part-time jobs and grappled with what she felt she had left unaccomplished when she left the sport. Over time, she realized that she had retired prematurely. She returned to racing in 2011 with the intention of specializing in the newest addition to the Olympic track programme – the omnium
Nettie’s comeback was hugely successful by any account. Eight months after she returned to racing she was the 2011 Australian Omnium and Scratch Race Champion. The following year, she earned as silver medal in both the omnium and team pursuit at the Track World Championships before taking bronze in London.
While Nettie’s track results suggest a strength in sprinting, Sport Director David McPartland suspects he may have a talented all-rounder on his hands. He watched her race over an undulating course in the Czech Republic two years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how well she handled the hills. He expects her development on the road to be as exciting as her early years on the track.
During the 2013 season, Nettie will focus on the track through the Track World Championships before joining the team in Europe the second half of the road season.
1st Australian National Track Championships, Individual Pursuit (2012)
1st Australian National Track Championships, Points Race (2012)
1st Omloop Rond het Ronostrand (2012)
1st Australian National Track Championships, Omnium (2011)
1st Australian National Track Championships, Scratch Race (2011)
1st Ronde van Oudenbosch (2011)
2nd Track World Championships, Omnium (2012)
2nd Track World Championships, Team Pursuit (2012)
2nd London World Cup, Omnium (2012)
2nd Australian National Track Championships, Scratch Race (2012)
2nd Tour de Feminin – O cenu Ceskeho Svycarska, Stages 1, 2 (2011)
2nd Rendition Homes – Santos Women’s Cup Overall (2011)
3rd London Olympics, Omnium (2012)
3rd London World Cup, Team Pursuit (2012)
Australian National Criterium Championships (2012)