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    Life after the MNTC

    After setting a new PB and winning four silver medals at the Masters National Track Champs in Newport, Lou heads home to Edinburgh, but ends up in Gloucester hospital instead…

    On the Sunday afternoon, having won my fourth silver medal at the Masters National Track Championships, I decided to head home to Edinburgh rather than race the points race.  So I left the Newport velodrome with a nine hour journey ahead of me.   However things went badly wrong on the way home …

    I had only been driving for about an hour, when I decided to stop at Gloucester services for food, the first time I was actually feeling hungry for three days! 

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    Lou Haston’s MNTC

    Louise Haston digs really deep and performs incredibly well at the Masters National Track Championships despite feeling (and subsequently confirmed she was) very ill indeed…

    Training had been going really well leading up to the Masters, we had a trial run at one of the Scottish Cycling sessions the week before and I managed two personal bests, one in the flying 200TT and one in the 500TT, so the indications were excellent and I was really looking forward to the Masters National Track Champs in Newport. 

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    National Omnium

    Our TORQ Track Team Manager Jan reports from sunny Reading, after racing the fourth Omnium in the National Series for 2015…

    Pictures courtesy of Jun Aishima – full set available here

    There are many reasons why this Series is such fun and the Fourth round of the 2015 Series, in Reading, was a great reminder that there are some fantastic people within the cycling community and I feel lucky to enjoy some great friendships through my sport. 

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    Reading Grand Prix

    Jan rides at the Reading Grand Prix, which is the perfect warm up for the National Derny Champs…

    The Reading GP has established itself as a high profile event in the domestic calendar, with a round of the National Sprinters League and the National Endurance League, alongside a well-timed warm up for the Elite National Derny Championships for women. 

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    National Championships

    Mel Sneddon enjoys the thrill of the chase at the National Masters Track Championships and shares her belief that women’s racing seems to be on the resurgence…

    The opportunity to race at the National Masters Track Championships is one of the reasons I returned to cycling, after nearly eight years.  It is such a great meeting to be part of.  Aside from the fiercely contested racing, it is an event that needs to be marked in the calendar as one of the most social and supportive. 

    On my return to competition from many years out, what has surprised me is how many women have recently taken up Masters Track Racing, making it a lot more competitive.  This means speeds are getting higher, races more aggressive and records broken.  As many as 40 women had entered this year’s Championships and there will be many more to follow next year I’m sure.  It is fantastic to see so many women taking up the sport a little later on in life. 

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    Dudley Grand Prix

    TORQ Track Team rider Jan Birkmyre races in the Women’s Omnium at Halesowen and has the honour of being the first winner on the newly refurbished Halesowen Track…

    Each Season, The Dudley Grand Prix is the closest meeting to home, so I can look forward to a bit of a lie in, eating breakfast at home (rather than in the car) and if there are no rain delays, we get home at a reasonable time too. 

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    Masters Champs

    Jan Birkmyre talks about the success and fun of the meeting and of the amazing performances put in by each member of the TORQ Track Team…

    The Masters National Track Championships is one of my absolute favourite meetings of each season.  I guess it is easy to attribute the fun factor to the success that I have enjoyed at these Championships over the years 11 years. 

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    National Omnium Series, Newport

    TORQ Track Team’s Mel talks about recording a massive PB in the pursuit at the National Omnium Series…

    The hard work is paying off for TORQ Track Team member Mel, who recorded a massive PB in the pursuit at the Newport round of the National Omnium Series…

    As I had not ridden in a bunch race for about nine years, I decided it would be safer for everyone (myself included), if I only rode the 500 TT and the pursuit at the Newport Omnium (the second round of the National Omnium Series). 

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    Older yet Faster!

    TORQ Performance Track Team member, Mel Sneddon records a Lifetime Best over 10 miles on the road…

    Over the past couple of months, I have been trying to sort my Time Trial position out.  How aero is too aero and how much power do you lose as a result?  With such a large percentage of your power being down to aerodynamics, I felt this was a good investment of both time and finances – at this point, I need to thank Scherrit at The Bike Whisperer for his patience! 

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    National Omnium Series Round 2

    Jan uses the season long National Omnium Series to prepare for the big end of season goal. 

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    Mel Sneddon Starts Racing

    TORQ Performance Track Team’s Mel Sneddon gets a number on her back for the first time in 2015 with a 10 mile TT …

    After a good Winter’s base training, it’s always exciting to see what you can do. 

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    Spring Track Dundee

    Louise Haston got her Season off to a flying start, with an Omnium at the Spring Track Meeting in Dundee …

    My training had gone well over the Winter, with my only set back being a two month period of horrific headaches that pretty much left me unable to train at times.  Apart from that though, when I was able to train, I managed to put in some decent sessions, so knew I hadn’t lost much fitness.