A Jersey cyclist at the 2015 British National Youth Track Championships!
As the saying goes, ‘you learn by experience’ and this British National Youth Track Championships at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester did exactly that for 14-year-old Sabine. Sabine was competing against the top U16 girls in Britain, including some on the Olympic Development Pathway, and they took the top positions in this age category across the various disciplines. Some of these girls are already 16 years old and two years the senior of Sabine.
The investment into indoor velodromes in the UK, with all year round training and competition, has benefitted the depth of talent now available to British Cycling. Sabine, who earlier this year was crowned the Brittany Cotes D’Armor Sprint Champion, went into the competition slightly off her best form due to carrying a niggling injury but, gave it her best and used this year to gain valuable experience and to continue her skill development in order to progress and target this national U16 event next year.
On her first day of competition and due to the very early start and volume of riders on the track, Sabine was unable to get any practice on the Manchester Velodrome before her first event, the 200m sprint qualifying competition. She was very disappointed not to deliver a time to enable her to transition to the sprint rounds, her favored discipline. In the 2 km individual pursuit Sabine was aiming to get a PB time and this she did, securing a time improvement of 20 seconds. In this event, Sabine had to use an electronic start gate for the first time, so her new best time is even more commendable. Her start and technique throughout the grueling 2 km event was complemented by the Welsh team coach who noted that Sabine can reduce her time considerably with more indoor track time and specific start gate practice. On the last day of competition, Sabine competed in the 500m time trial Final and produced another PB time, this time with an improvement of 4 seconds.
Sabine is hoping that the valuable experience gained at this national event will give her confidence to finish her competitive track season with some good performances and then help her to plan a specific winter training regime to prepare for next season.
Sabine was kindly loaned a new disc wheel from Condor Cycles, London for this event and is a member of the JCA Youth Academy.