Annette Edmondson is an Australian professional cyclist, currently training for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Annette started cycling back in 2004 after being selected as part of the South Australian Sport Institute’s ‘Talent Search’ program. Her love and interest in the sport soon blossomed which saw her involvement in other sports come to an end over the next few years.
In 2006 she won her first Australian Championship medal, and made her first Australian team the following year, the Junior World Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa. She raced in track sprint disciplines in both 2008 & 2009, coming home with a silver and bronze medal for Australia.
Despite a loss of interest and hiatus from the sport in early 2010, she was back 4 months later on a mission to make the 2012 Olympic Games. Her love for track sprinting had dwindled, and a new focus took it’s place; the Omnium and Team Pursuit as part of the Australian Track Endurance program. Under the guidance of Tim Decker at the South Australian Sports Institute, followed by Gary Sutton at the Australian Institute of Sport, Annette won silver medals in both the Omnium and Team Pursuit at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships (her first elite championships) followed by a bronze and 4th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Annette claimed 9 World Championship medals across the Omnium, Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit and Team Timetrial from 2013-2015, finally reaching the top in both Team Pursuit and Omnium at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships in France. She won her third world title in the Team Pursuit at the 2019 Track World Championships in Poland. She won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and gold and bronze medals in Brisbane, four years later.
Annette also spent six years racing professionally on the road, with 2013 and 2014 devoted to Orica AIS and 2015-2018 with Wiggle-High5 Pro Racing Team. Her major road wins include 2013 Ladies Tour of China Stage 3 and overall GC, 2013 Lotto-Belgium Tour Stage 4 (up the Muur van Geraardsbergen, 2017 Pajot Hills Classic (now Brabantse Pijl) and Tour Down Under stage wins in both 2016 and 2018.
On March 19, 2020, Annette was named in her third Australian Olympic Team. With the Tokyo Olympics postponed till July 2021, Annette is focussing solely on the track, with training based at her home in Adelaide, South Australia.