Editor's note:  Sorry this is late - this report was submitted by Grace a few months back.  Thanks Grace - wonderful report  (Adrian McKenzie)

 

 

The week-long event of the Track Nationals was definitely a challenge for me both physically and mentally. The first event was the 2000m Individual Pursuit, unusually the track felt cold and my time wasn’t close to what I had wanted it to be so I finished the session feeling a bit disappointed. The next day’s event for me was the 10km Points Race which was in the evening so I had a morning to recover and prepare. I really enjoy group races and it was exciting to watch the Elite Men’s Omnium Points Race event before our race was up. Points races are hard work and require a lot of counting and focus, I truly did enjoy the race and gave it as many hits at the front as possible. The following day was the Omnium which is by far my favourite event at track nationals - the day includes a Scratch Race, Points Race, Elimination and Tempo Race (the tempo has only just been recently introduced). I gave it my all but still only came in around mid-pack which is disappointing because I had high hopes for myself and felt I had prepared well. To continue with the week I knew I had to put the losses behind me and keep trying my hardest. The following day was the 3000m Team Pursuit. I was put into a composite team with Dayna Hawthorne, Helena Rikiti and Emily Shearman. In between the TP Qualifying and the Finals was the Under 19 Womens Scratch Race which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It was great to be racing with the strongest national riders in my grade - I felt challenged and proud that I was able to be competitive with them. Later that night I had the Finals of the Team Pursuit and I’m happy to say my team and I collected the bronze medal which was an amazing experience. On the final day, there was the Women’s Team Sprint which I competed in with my fellow teammate Bridget Olphert. It was a fun and quick event which gave us a decent warm-up for the most fun we had that week which would be the Women’s Madison. Even though we didn’t finish we had a fantastic time and I highly recommend you find a video of the Madison to watch if you aren’t familiar with it - it’s incredible! The week spent at Nationals was probably the most I’ve grown as a cyclist - I learned to accept that one challenging performance doesn’t mean that the next race can’t be fantastic, I gave it everything and can’t wait to compete next year in the Elite Women's grade.

 

Not even two weeks later I was at the Avantidrome in Cambridge for the inaugural  Schools Track Nationals which was run as an omnium style event with a Kierin, Scratch Race and Points Race. In the Kierin I was lucky enough to get a 3rd place and I rode it well from what I’ve been told (I can barely remember the actual event). The Scratch Race was just attack after attack from the winner, Ally Wollaston, who is such an amazing person and has been selected to go to the Junior Worlds in August in Switzerland. The Points Race was also an exciting event, tough but fun. Overall I got a Bronze medal and am proud of myself for being able to come back from nationals and continue to grow. It has been a very successful track season for me this year as I was also able to retain my placing at Laykold Cup in Wellington by winning the Poneke Plate again.

 

I’m so grateful to be part of such a supportive club and I always look forward to representing Kapiti.

 

Thanks again for your belief in me.

 

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