Having begun riding when he was 8, Sam Welsford showed his
potential as a junior winning back-to-back team pursuit world titles in 2013
and 2014. He would soon get his chance in the senior ranks and it wasn’t long
before Welsford claimed World Cup gold.
He was a part of the Australian team that were victorious at the 2016 World Championships helping him to book his spot for his first Olympic Games in Rio. Welsford helped the Aussies finish third in qualification before they won their first round clash with Denmark to move through to the final where they took on Great Britain for gold. The Aussies went out hard but the British reeled them in and took the win while breaking the world record as Welsford, Michael Hepburn, Alex Edmondson, Jack Bobridge and Callum Scotson took home silver.