Lucas Plapp

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Sport: Cycling – Track 
Event: Team Pursuit  
Olympic History: Olympic Debutante   
Highlights: Becoming a dual Junior Track World Champion in the points race and madison  
Coach: Rohan Wright   
Year Born: 2000 
State Born: Victoria    

About Lucas

Lucas (Luke) Plapp started cycling at the age of 12 as a form of exercise to support his cricket and football aspirations. 

A member of the Brunswick Cycling Club, Plapp was chosen as part of Cycling Australia’s Podium Potential Academy and has recently made his mark on the elite competition.

Ahead of the 2018 Junior World Championships, Aussie favourite James Moriarty broke his collarbone in a training crash two days before the event and Plapp stepped up to the plate in what became a defining moment of the young athlete’s career.  


Days like these 🌈

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He won dual gold in the Points Race and Madison and picked up a bronze medal in the Team Pursuit, with the elated teenager celebrating his first international victory by sleeping in his rainbow jersey.

Following his success as a junior, which included podium results on the road and track, Plapp made his debut in the elite level at the 2019 Oceania Track Championships and the following year won gold as part of the Team Pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane. In a strong solo performance, Plapp also won a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit. 

Another unfortunate teammate's injury opened the door for Plapp, when Kelland O’Brien broke his collarbone. 


What. A. Day! 🟡🟢

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Plapp was called into the Australian Cycling Team for the 2020 World Championships where he finished fourth in the Team Pursuit with the experienced quartet of Sam Welsford, Alexander Porter and Leigh Howard. He came 13th in the individual pursuit.   

Along with track racing, Plapp continues to compete on tarmac and in 2020 won the time trial at the National under 23 Road Championships. 

Plapp will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

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What is an interesting fact about you?

I was born on Christmas Day

Who has been your most influential coach?

Cam McFarlane, he always made training fun and enjoyable and can get the most out of me, like no one else can.

What do you enjoy most about cycling?

That it isn't as much about luck or natural talent, it's more about whoever trains the hardest and puts in the most effort.

What is your hidden talent?

Being able to annoy my sister so easily, like no one else in the world seems to be able to!

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