Lucas (Luke) Plapp is an 18-year-old track and road cyclist who started riding when he was 12 years old so he could join his dad on his morning coffee rides. He was always overlooked for representative teams but continued to enjoy the sport and the friendships made.
In 2017 he dedicated himself to pursuing his dream of winning “Rainbows” at the World Championships. His rise began at the National U19 Road Championships where he won the Time Trial, which he repeated empathetically at the Oceania Championships. He then competed for Victoria at the National U19 Championships winning gold in the Team Pursuit, Scratch Race and Madison. This gained him selection at the World Junior Track Championships ion Aigle Switzerland where he won dual Gold medals in the Points race and Madison. He then won Silver in the individual Time Trial at the World Race Champs in Austria.
Since moving into the Elite ranks, Luke has progressed to win Gold in the National Elite Men’s’ Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit and Bronze in the Points Race. He is now part of the Australian Cycling Team preparing for World Cup events in New Zealand as part of preparation for Tokyo 2020.
Luke: “The opportunity to have a close relationship with a sporting icon such as Libby, who has reached the highest level in her sport, is a dream come true. Having a ‘sounding board’ to share her insights into coping with the highs and lows and to learn from some of Libby’s life lessons is going to be invaluable. At this time of my sporting journey, this opportunity will inspire me to further my sporting and career ambitions and I am exceptionally grateful.”
Mentor Libby Trickett OAM (Swimming)
“What an enormous privilege it is to work with a talented athlete such as Luke. I’m looking forward to helping him in anyway that I can to support his career and get him closer to reaching his goals in the coming years.”
NSO Quote: Steve Drake, Cycling Australia Chief Executive Officer
“It is a tremendous honour for Luke to be just one of five young athletes in the country selected into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. It provides a great opportunity for Luke to learn from one of the very best athletes in Libby Trickett, and we wish him all the best.”
What does integrity mean to me?
“Integrity to me is all about being fair and honest. It’s about pursuing excellence but using no unfair or illegal advantage. Integrity is upholding the image of the sport and myself as an athlete. It’s about being viewed by others as what an elite athlete should look and sound like. Most importantly, integrity for me is knowing that I can hold my head up high knowing I’ve always done the right thing and competed fairly.”
Disciplines: Track & Road
First started competing: 13 years old
First Club: Brunswick Cycling Club
National Senior Ranking: 1 (as at September 2019)
Favourite Quote: “Failing to prepare if preparing to fail”
Pre-Competition Routine: Having all equipment laid out the night before and my Watt Waffles for breakfast
The fifth cyclist since the Program commenced in 2006.
Honours, Awards & Results
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Track Team Pursuit, bronze
- 2019: World Cup Elite Teams Pursuit, bronze
- 2018: UCI World Madison Champion
- 2018: UCI World Points Race Champion
- 2018: UCI World Time Trial, Silver
- 2018: Oceania Time Trial Champion