Sam
Welsford

Residency
Subiaco, Australia
Age
25
Nickname
Wombat
Hobbies
Gaming, video editing
Favourite food
Tacos
Favourite TV show
Peaky Blinders
Favourite holiday destination
Japan
Favourite race
Paris-Roubaix

Combining track and road in recent years, Sam has tasted success in both disciplines throughout his career so far. The 2020 Australian criterium champion has taken several wins and strong results while racing Down Under but it is on the boards where he has been the most prodigious.

Adorning the rainbow bands after success in the men’s team pursuit at the 2016, 2017 and 2019 track world championships, Sam also won the scratch race in 2019 too, alongside bronze and silver medals at the Olympic Games.

Making the switch fully to road racing with the team, Sam is excited to get underway and develop himself as a “road spinner.”

“They really gave me confidence. The team has a lot of history with a lot of good sprinters in the past. The culture is really nice and supportive – it seems similar to the Aussie track squad, so feels more like home to me.”

 

Sam Welsford | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Sam Welsford | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Sam Welsford | Team DSM | January Team Camp
Sam Welsford | Team DSM | January Team Camp

A sportsman at heart, Sam tried a lot of different activities at a young age such as football and rugby union but his way into the world of cycling was one pathed through intrigue and inquisitiveness. Wondering where his dad was going in the morning all the time with his friends he soon got his own bike and caught the bug from there, with the competitive aspect of racing really drawing him in, alongside the camaraderie.

“Success can come from a lot of ways and I’ve experienced that in the team pursuit. Winning in a team is just as special as winning by yourself. I really strive to win and I hold myself to a really high standard as well so that I can contribute to helping the team as best as possible.”

Aware that the full-time transition to road racing will come with some challenges, Sam just wants to get some racing under his belt and help the team to some wins, developing himself as a person. However, he’s not without big dreams too, like all sportspeople are.

“Of course, the dream goal would be to win in a GrandTour stage and even possibly on the Champs-Elysees at some point – which would be pretty mega.”

Away from the bike, Sam likes to game a little bit alongside some video editing and vlogging. When he’s not behind the screen, then he loves spending his time down at the beach with friends, like a “true Aussie.”

Results

2022
1 Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye Stage 5
3 Scheldeprijs
3 ZLM Tour Stage 5
4 Bredene Koksijde Classic
4 ZLM Tour Stage 1
5 ZLM Tour Points classification
6 ZLM Tour Stage 3
11 4 Jours de Dunkerque / Grand Prix des Hauts de France Stage 4
13 Saudi Tour Stage 5
14 ZLM Tour Stage 4
2020
9 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1
18 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4
27 Santos Tour Down Under Points classification
96 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2
105 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 6
116 Santos Tour Down Under
121 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 3
122 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5
2019
24 ZLM Tour Stage 1
34 Midden-Brabant Poort Omloop
45 ZLM Tour Prologue
112 ZLM Tour Stage 2
2018
8 National Championships Australia U23 ITT
16 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1
35 Santos Tour Down Under Youth classification
46 National Championships Australia U23 Road Race
100 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4
103 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5
114 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 6
123 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 3
124 Santos Tour Down Under
129 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2
2017
14 An Post Rás Stage 3
20 An Post Rás Youth classification
22 An Post Rás Stage 2
27 An Post Rás Stage 1
40 An Post Rás Stage 8
41 An Post Rás Stage 4
47 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Beloften/Circuit Het Nieuwsblad Espoirs
48 An Post Rás Points classification
56 An Post Rás
73 Profronde van Noord-Holland
2016
77 Paris-Arras Tour Stage 1
134 Grand Prix Criquielion
2014
10 National Championships Australia MJ ITT