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.