The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist has been on the comeback trail and showed he is back to his best winning gold in the Australian Track Championships in March as part of the Western Australian team. The team of Freiberg, Cam Meyer, Sam Welsford and Stephen Hall took the title in 3:55.988 a time that would have netted bronze in the recent world championships. Having won the 2011 Omnium world championship Freiberg is perhaps more well known for his track exploits but he has road cred too having finished second in the Olympia’s Tour in 2012.
Freiberg last competed on the road at Continental level with the Jayco AIS in 2012 and before that with Fly V Australia in their last year. Since then he’s still been turning the legs over but has been working on his business interests developing a revolutionary cycling training aid the AIRhub. Essentially the AIRhub is an electromagnetic resistance device that combines riding speed, heart rate or power data to completely control the road training conditions for every ride. Basically you can ride the hills on the flat.
With the AIRhub business now up and running Freiberg is free to reignite his cycling career and see where it takes him. “My strengths lie in lead outs and hard one day classics. I hope to form an integral part of the lead out train and be able to get stuck into the tough one day races that the calendar offers.”
Andrew Christie-Johnston is excited to have a talent of Freiberg’s caliber on board. “We’ve been working hard on making the team more rounded and really want to give our sprinters a chance to shine. Michael will be a big part of that. He can hold 1000 watts for 30 seconds which is world class and is exactly what we need to give the sprinters a launch pad to get across the line first.”
Freiberg’s first race will be the Tour De Korea in June before heading across to Belgium with the team for our European stint.
2010: Commonwealth Games, Dehli, Gold in the Team Pursuit, Silver in the Scratch race.
2011: World champion, Omnium, Apeldoorn, NED.
2012: 2nd GC Olympia’s Tour, NED
2017: Australian National track Championships, Gold and Australian record, Team Pursuit 3:55.9