Jack Edwards thinks he might go to Rio

CYCLIST Jack Edwards concedes he may be too young for selection at this year's Commonwealth Games.

The 17-year-old Old Guildford rider says selectors may think he's not quite ready for team selection. But the teenager's eyes are fixed on longer-term goals.

"I am not expecting to be selected for Glasgow," Edwards said.

"The riders they select are a bit older than me.

"Track sprinters in men's racing tend to mature more physically in their 20s."

The Glasgow Games are from July 23 to August 3.

"Realistically, I am looking at trying to get selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast."

The former Fairfield Patrician Brothers College student is focusing on making the national team for the UCI World Junior Track Championships this year in South Korea.

He wants to represent Australia in the 3000 metres individual pursuit and the 4000 metres teams pursuit events.

Edwards won two gold medals at last year's world juniors event in Glasgow.

In 2013, he also won a raft of awards for his performances in track and road events. These included being named NSW Sports Federation's Young Athlete of the Year.

The teenager said he was pleased to get through the HSC last year.

"I got a reasonable mark and I was happy with that," Edwards said.

For now, he continues his cycling education riding between 500 and 600 kilometres a week preparing for competition.

The long road rides often take him out and around the Sutherland Shire while he does his track training at the Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill.

Olympic medallist Brad McGee is his coach.

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