January 2017-June 2017

Lusia Steele | Friday 30th June, 2017

In September 2016 I was accepted on the Scottish Cycling Performance Programme for Sprint where I have been lucky enough to work with Scottish Institute of Sport and Scottish Cycling to improve my sprinting. For me the training at first seemed relatively easy, coming from endurance these flying 100m efforts felt like a breeze however I soon adapted to the efforts and can now say a flying 50 seems like hard work. Through out the winter I trained on both the track and gym. The whole set up was very different to what I was used to as a GB apprentice, however I soon found myself in a routine which involves travelling to Glasgow 4 or 5 days a week for training. My first trip with SC was at the beginning of January, to Apeldoorn in Holland, to race in the Interland Junioren, The Next Generation Track Meeting where the top European Junior track riders were competing. This was my first race as a Junior and also my first international, so I was a little terrified but excited to get stuck in. On the Saturday morning I qualified 6th with a PB of 12.2, something I was totally shocked about. I then raced the keirin that afternoon in which I gained a lot of experience in and was happy with the result. The next day I raced the Match Sprint and 500 metre time trial and was happy to get another PB in my 500. To my first time going under 39 seconds which again was surprising as I was totally knackered following the journey to Holland and the weekends racing. British Senior Track champs took place at the end of January, I was surprised with how this week went considering I was also studying for my prelims at this point. The first race kicked off with a f200 metre qualifying in which I was so shocked and surprised to gain another pb of 12.06. This put me in good spirits ahead of the next few races and at the end of day 1 I was happy to finish 7th in the sprints as a first year Junior in the Senior Championships. Day 2 of British brought on the keirins in which I discovered I have a lot still to learn. Day 3 brought the 500 in which I rode another PB of 37.3 seconds, a real boost and great way to finish my first Senior Championships. My next race was the Good Friday Easter meet in London, I travelled down with SC on the Thursday morning and this marked the start of our 4 day long 'camp'. The drive down consisted of lots of eating, sleeping, singing and discussions regarding tactics and the next few days that lay ahead. The race was different to others as both boys and girls were placed in the ' White Hope Sprint', giving us more opportunities to race the boys. Racing started on the Friday with a flying 200 qualifying, no PB but it was then onto the sprints. After racing on the Friday, it was straight back up to Glasgow for 5 hours sleep before gym on the Saturday. On the Sunday we went for a group road ride in some typical Scottish weather (rain, hail and wind) followed by another long drive down to Manchester that afternoon for the Easter Monday track meet where I had the opportunity to just smash myself and race both sprint and endurance races. No results of note. It was then straight into my Higher exams over the month of May before I jetted of into an awesome week chilling out in Tenerife followed by a school trip to Italy, all in the space of 2 months. Hard life. It was then straight back from Rome into Scottish Junior Track Champs the very next day. I was racing the 500 metre TT, Scratch and Sprint. On the Friday night I rode to my first gold medal after winning the 500. It was then onto the scratch race which came as a bit of a shock as I remembered I probably hadn't ridden 40 laps in a few months.... Sunday morning brought another gold medal in the Junior Women's Sprint The weekend was successful and times were surprising after 5 days touring Rome and climbing Volcanos Next up is the Junior British champs in August in Newport , which I hope to gain some big PBs and hopefully podium.


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