Archive for August, 2007

Sprint Win!

August 27, 2007

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The last UCI race in T-town ended up being the best one!  I ended up winning the tournament, beating World Champion Anna Meares in the Final!  This was a fantastic win for me, considering, I have never beat her one on one.  I’ve bested her in a 5-8th sprint, but never in a match sprint. 

I also did a PR for the T-town track with an 11.72.  Anna was first with 11.59.  I was second with 11.72, Kerrie Meares was third with an 11.9, and Liz Reap was fourth with 12.1.  I met Kerrie in the semi-final and easily won.  She is a crafty sprinter, so it is always nice to come out on top against her!  I was feeling better than ever this night and had good energy and concentration for the final.  I lead the sprint from the front and used the whole track til the final 200m’s when I gave it my all.  Anna took a good run at me, but came up short at the line.  It was a close finish! 

Right after my sprint, I put on a huge gear and lined up for the UCI Scratch race.  A few attacks were made, but nothing too threatening and with 500m’s to go, I went to the front and lead it out, with Gina Grain (Canada) and Theresa Clif-Ryan on my wheel.  I managed to hold them off and take the Win!   My legs were hurting pretty good after that ;P

 It was a great few weeks of racing and it really motivated me for the coming World Cup season.   So, I’m back to LA  and to prepare for Nationals in about six weeks.  

Jennie

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Keirin Night & 1-Mile Record!

August 20, 2007

Another Friday night of keirin racing 😉  One of my favorite events to ride!  With Anna & Kerrie Meares being the only world class riders, it was tough to come up with a plan to beat them to the line!  The speed is much slower than the World Cups, which makes it favor the sisters.  Anna has such good accelleration, that I would not have a chance if it came down to the last 200m’s.  So, when the motor pulled, I went full gas from the back!  Kerrie threw a bit of a hook on my way past the field, but I was committed.   Anna got caught up a bit behind other riders and the chase was on.  I buried my head and didn’t look back!  However, the girls caught me and I ended up third!  Oh well, it was a bit of fun and good to go for a crowd pleaser as well 🙂

Then I raced a 5-mile Scratch race and won!  Mostly endurance rider like Vera Carrara (World Champion in Points), Gina Grain and Iona Wynter-Parks.  I tried to be pretty active and got in a break with Ashley Kimmet with 7 laps to go, but we got caught, so it was recovery til the final push!  I was on the front with 2 laps to go, so it was a keirin razor for me!  My legs were hurting, but I wasn’t going to give up and I won!  I was exhausted, but we still had to race the 1-mile! And we weren’t just going to race it. We wanted to break the track record of 1min 56sec.  The two italian girls took to the front the first few laps and then the Meares sisters picked up the pace even more!  I was struggling just sitting behind, but with a lap to go, I gave it everything and came around Anna for the win and New Track Record of 1min 50.1sec!  It was a great effort and should be cool to have my name in the records in T-town!

One more Friday Night coming up……………

Jennie

More T-town Racing……….

August 20, 2007

OK, so we’ve raced three out of the four races here in T-town, with one more to go! 

We raced the International Sprint GP on last Tuesday.  I haven’t done much work on 200m’s (ie. max speed), so I was interested to see where I was.  I qualified with 11.93, which put me second position behind Anna Meares, with 11.6.  Then it was Kerrie Meares with 11.9, but just a bit slower than myself.   Everything was easy until the semi’s, where I was up against Kerrie.  She is one of the craftiest women in the world, so I had to have a good plan.  I went to the front and track stood.  Kerrie left a lot of distance between the two of us, so after the stand still, I rolled off and with a lap and a quarter to go, I took off!  She chased me furiously, but I took the win!  Then I was up against the World Record Holder in the final!  Anna seems to always be on form, no matter what time of year!  With such a speed difference, I had to use my best tactics.  I drew 2nd position and took a run at Anna with 200m’s to go………… and it was a bike throw to the line!  She won with about a half a wheel.  Then the second ride I took the lead, and it was no contest, with Anna coming over the top, clearly with more speed.  It was a great night of racing and fun as well!

 Jennie

Back to T-town!

August 11, 2007

Just arrived T-town a few days ago, just in time for one of the hottest & humid days ever!  The guys (Travis, Adam & Josiah) and myself were  supposed to stay 20min. away from the track with one AC unit!  Yeah, right!  I cracked after one night of three hours of sleep and opted to stay at Fred & Hilda’s (Phoenix Timing) pad next to the velodrome.  Fresh sheets, an automatic Saeco esspresso machine and a well stocked industrial style kitchen 😉  And well equipped with central air!  I think this place will suit me just fine for the next few weeks..

We had the first night of racing last night- the Festival of Speed.   There are quite a few internationals here and it almost makes it feel like a World Cup.  The Aussies, Dutch, Kiwis, and South Americans.  I raced the Keirin yesterday with two women to watch out for-the aussie duo of Anna Meares & Kerrie Meares.  I drew 5th position from the line and got that same position after a bit of bumping with Kerrie.  I tried to split the sisters, but it didn’t happen.  I knew that if Anna lead it out and Kerrie swept, more than likely I wouldn’t be able to get around them both.  As the motor pulled off, I went underneath Kerrie in an attempt to get on Anna’s wheel, but as I went under Kerrie, Anna moved up just enough that I couldn’t get between them and so instead, I went under both of them!  Nobody was committing at the front, so I started to wind it up and pass over 1 & 2, while trying to hold off Anna & Kerrie.  Anna took a good run and came over with her sis in tow!  Kerrie & I fought for 2nd with Kerrie beating me to the line and Anna taking the win.   My form isn’t too great yet, but this is quality racing & training for the World Cups.

In a few days, I’ll be racing the International Sprint GP where I’ll race Match Sprints.  It will be good to see how my accelleration & power is coming along……….

Jennie