Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BC Provincial Track Champion!

Last weekend was the BC provincial Track Championships.  As most of you know - I love Track riding/racing - So I was pretty excited for a weekend full of it.
Back in July I raced in the Marymore GP, and with not riding my track bike in a year I was able to be competitive all weekend, was 4th in the miss and out and won a nice Benjamin :)  Not bad right!
Racing at Marymore with Jessical Cutler
Unfortunately - my prep for Provincial Track Champs was along the same lines.  I recently got promoted at work (plus!), and have had a hard time getting to track practice (minus :().  The week before I managed to test out some standing starts, and some longer flying efforts because they are definitely my weakest point and what I was most worried about.  I was however, pretty confident I could hold my own in the mass start races.

The Provincial Jersey is only awarded to Omnium Champions - Sprint and Endurance.  This meant for the endurance Omnium (what I was competing in) it was the best overall racer after 6 different races.  On day one we had the Scratch race (mass start regular old race), the 3km Individual Pursuit, and the Miss and Out (last person across the line every other lap is out!).  Let me just say day one did not go very well.  I forgot to put my thinking cap on in both mass start races, and well - it was my first pursuit in over 3 years...so I was not prepared.  By the evening I was sitting in 3rd place, and very angry.  

The Points Race at BC Track Provincials

Warming up with Kyle and Adam
On day 2 I knew I could pull something better out then the day before.  The two shorter individual events suited me a bit more then the pursuit - the standing 500m and the flying lap.  Going into the last race I was still in third, and was made well aware that I had to win just about every sprint in the points race to win the overall - NO PRESSURE.  I knew it would be pretty hard because the two girls ahead of me had been giving me a hard time in every other event.  Thankfully, I raced like I knew I could, and with 2 sprints left I was leading the race.  However, in true Coney fashion, right before the second last sprint I crashed myself, and took my good friend and fellow racer out with me.  I got back in as soon as I could (after a quick stop to the pits), because I was not going to let a crash take the jersey away from me.  I was able to win the final sprint and took the Overall with it.  I haven't won anything in a while, and I was really proud to be able to pull this off for everyone who has helped me this year.  I also haven't been a Provincial Champion since I raced mountain bike in Ontario, so it feels all warm and fuzzy :)

Meghan, Me and Brenna - it was a tight race

Knowing that I wasn't able to put in much prep for Provincials, I am super motivated to work my butt off to get ready for Nationals in Milton Ontario in January, where I can rep BC and TRT with pride. 

I want to send a HUGE shout out to the Buckowskies for taking me under their wing, Jen Gerth for being an awesome friend all weekend, Meghan for still being my friend after I took her out, Kelyn and Burnaby Velodrome Club for creating such a good environment and race series,  everyone at TRT for all of your endless support and to my mom and dad:).

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