Paige Paterson

Paige Paterson

Monday, October 31, 2011

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL SPRINT GRAND PRIX



I have just returned to Auckland from a weekend away in Sydney with the New Zealand Elite sprint team. It was my first trip with only sprinters and I can tell you that a lot of protein went down! This was the first ever competition where New Zealand had a women’s sprint squad with 4 of us, which is all very exciting! All together there were 11 of us, 9 athletes, Justin Grace - the NZ sprint coach and Damien Wiseman (my personal coach) who also works with the BikeNZ sprint squad. This competition was great for me because I gained more experience which is vital for sprinters on the track. Therefore from this experience I will have been in situations before so that I will make better decisions come Junior Worlds next year.

Gym at the park.

When we first arrived we headed to the supermarket to buy food for the weekend only to find there were no appliances in our Motel rooms. So we made use of the jug to boil up our eggs and steam the rice, and had frozen vege’s most nights due to the fridges being stuck on a temperature too low J


Here is Eddie Dawkins toasting his bread for breakfast.

A perfect piece of toast.
I was fortunate enough to be racing in the Elite age group for the whole event which is not usually allowed seeming I am still in the under 19 age group. This included Anna Meares (the current sprint, keirin and team sprint World Champion), Kaarle McCulloch (the current Team Sprint World Champion), Fatehah Mustapah (5th in the Keirin at the world champs) and other New Zealand elite athletes such as Natasha Hansen and Steph McKenzie who are all very experience sprinters. Saturday was the Team Sprint which I rode with Katie Schofield from Otago. This time it was only 500m for me in second wheel, where as it was 666m in Moscow as it is two laps of whatever track you are racing on so I was really looking forward to it as I am still relatively new to this event. We placed 5th, guttered not to get another ride but came away happy about how well we worked together!
Katie and I in the Team Sprint

Sunday was a big day of racing with Sprints and the Keirin. I qualified in 12th spot for the sprints which enabled me to try new things against riders at around the same level as me. I rode off against an Aussie who beat me on the line but learnt that I needed to carry more speed into the last lap in order to win which is great to learn at an event where placing didn’t matter so much. Unfortunately in the Keirin I choose the wrong gear to race on as my legs didn’t feel too flash, so another learning curve in the semi final. This meant I was in the 7-12th ride off in which I placed 2nd , so a good way to finish the International Sprint Grand Prix.

Me outside the Malaysian in Keirin Semi final

I have arrived back seriously motivated and willing to train hard in order push this new Woman’s sprint squad to get better!

I took away many new tactics and techniques from the International Sprint GP which I can’t wait to put into practice when I head down to Invercargill soon in mid October for a track carnival and the Oceania’s track camp. Next event up is the Oceania’s on the 21st of November and I’ll be sure to update you with results after the event.

Thanks for reading J

Paige

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