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    Rainbows & Silver

    Louise rounds off a busy week at the World Masters with the 500m TT, the Points Race and the Match Sprint…

    For me, Wednesday was the 500m TT. 

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    Sensational Win

    The Scratch went to the wire this year in the race that Jan tells us was the highlight of the World Masters Track Champs for her…

    By the time I got to the World Masters this year, I had not raced on the track for six weeks and the two weeks that led up to the championships had been spent desperately trying to recover from a virus that had seen me go to bed for three days and lose 10 days of training. 

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    Team Pursuit Gold

    Mel battles with a bug in the lead up to the World Masters Track Champs…

    With the schools going back in September, for me, October is always a month of dodging the latest bug which has been brought through the front door by the children. 

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    World Masters Champs

    Jan reflects on the Individual and Team Pursuit titles taken at the World Masters Track Champs…

    The number of women competing at these Championships has been steadily increasing, ever since I rode my first World Masters Track Championships back in 2005.  This year, there were almost 70 women from all over the World, including a good showing from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America, Japan and, of course, many of the European Nations as well. 

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    World Masters Champs

    Part 1 of Louise Haston’s blog from her first World Masters Track Champs…

    This would be the first time I was able to compete at the World Masters and I was not really sure how I would go, after the past few months, but I was really looking forward to some racing. 

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    Track – Hill Climb

    Mel Sneddon gets talked into racing the Walbury Hill Climb, just for the training, obviously…

    Having quietly suggested to a few people that I might attempt the local hill climb time trial, there was a little too much laughter for my liking. 

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    World Masters Champs

    The TORQ Track team take the World Masters by storm and surpass all expectations…

    Blogs from each rider will follow, but for now we could not wait to tell you how the team got on at the World Masters Track Championships, which were held in Manchester last week. 

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    National Track Champs

    Louise Haston reports on her thrills and spills from the Elite British National Track Champs…

    A few of us travelled down to Manchester for the British National Track Championships on Thursday night, to be ready to race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This was the first time the Nationals had been held over just a weekend, rather than the full week, a move designed to make it more TV friendly, so it would be a fairly busy few days for us. 

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    National 10 Mile TT

    Mel has put in some stunning rides this year in the lead up to the National 10m TT, but sometimes things just don’t come right on the day …

    In the eight years that have past since doing any serious time trialling, the competition has become fierce in women’s racing with PB’s tumbling down all aided by the introduction of power meters, faster equipment, better aerodynamics and more intelligent training.  Gone are the days where the top girls were doing 21 minute 10 mile TTs, they are now doing 19’s and 20’s.  This is fantastic news for women’s racing, however, for me, it meant I was going to have my work cut out to even make the top 10 in the Nationals these days…  and that was before I drove the course! 

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    Scottish Track Champs

    After almost two months of missed training, following a stroke diagnosed in June, Louise dives in at the deep end with the Scottish Track Championships…

    So after all my bad news and not being able to do any proper training for the best part of seven weeks, I made the ridiculous decision to ride the Scottish Track Champs.  I decided to use these Championships as training and set myself the goal of enjoying myself, rather than getting stressed out about my performance. 

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    Dundee Omnium 2015

    Jan tells us about the racing in the fifth and penultimate round of the National Series, as it heads north over the border into Scotland…

    If the British are preoccupied with the weather – and apparently 70 per cent of us check the weather forecast at least once a day – then British track cyclists are totally weather obsessed.  That obsession is never worse than when we are contemplating a trip from Worcestershire to Dundee for a round of the National Omnium Series.  The track in Dundee is so close to the coast, that the chances of meteorological misfortune are very high indeed and that would mean a lot of wasted time. 

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    A TT in Wet Wales

    Mel coaxes (or should that be dupes?) her coach Chris and team-mate Jan to join her at a Time Trial in wet West Wales…

    It was with some humour that I emailed both Janet Birkmyre and coach, Chris Davis suggesting we all do a random 10 mile Time Trial in the middle of Wales  “for fun.”  Quite unbelievably, they both agreed!  I admit that I sent the suggestion fairly late at night, so their enthusiasm was perhaps aided by a glass of wine?