Name: James Moriarty
Age (in 2020): 19
Coach: Nick Formosa
Best international result/s: 2019 World Junior Championships
Major goal for 2020: In 2020, I’ll be in my first year of Elites on the Track and U23 on the Road. Coming off a Track focus for the past 2 years, I’m targeting the National Track Championships in March, before switching focus to the Road to develop some depth and endurance, and grow stronger as a whole.
Most memorable sporting moment: In 2018, I was selected to represent Australia at the Junior World Track Championships, but I was unable to compete due to an injury. I was selected again in 2019, so to be able to compete in my first World Championships will be a moment I’ll never forget.
Biggest challenge you have faced: Over the past couple of years, I’ve broken my collarbone twice, so it’s been difficult to regain fitness twice in a short period of time. It’s meant I’ve had an average base level, however coming into 2020, I’m in a good position to target some races and build off my current fitness.
What do you like most about your sport? My favourite part of Cycling is that it is so dynamic. While every race plays out differently, it’s all about using the people around you, your teammates and your own strengths and weaknesses to ensure that, in the end, the race plays into your hands.
Who/what inspires you to achieve your best in sport? I’ve always been inspired by the ‘next thing’; whether that be an event, team selection or an unexplored aspect of the sport. Focussing on these short-medium term periods helps me achieve my best along the way.
Favourite food/drink: At the moment, if there’s a salmon and capers risotto on the menu, I’ll order it every time.
Favourite song/music: I enjoy listening to Lime Cordiale or Winston Surfshirt when I’m riding, and Frank Ocean or Tyler, The Creator when I’m at home.
Favourite destination: I did a little bit of traveling in Europe last year and drove through Queenstown briefly on the way to a competition, so if I had to pick somewhere to go back. I’d love to have a proper holiday in Queenstown.