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    National Champs 2014

    The Masters National Track Championships are a serious milestone and easily one of the best meetings of the year for so many reasons and I really enjoy being a part of the action across a packed three days of racing. 

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    Nat Omnium Reflections

    The National Omnium Series was my introduction to track racing back in 2005 and now in my 10th year of riding it, I cannot believe how much has changed…

    I first rode the National Omnium Series back in 2005, so this year marks 10 years of track racing for me. 

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    National Omnium Series

    The National Series heads south and attracts a big field of 28 riders to contest this omnium at the 1948 Olympic velodrome (in glorious weather too). 

    One of the positive thinking traits of successful athletes is an ability to talk to themselves as if they were their own best friend and while I am certainly not a master of this – in truth I can be my own worst enemy at times – I do try to acknowledge the positives as well as the negatives, when things don’t work out quite as I might have hoped. 

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    Bordeaux-Paris Style

    The Bordeaux-Paris style meeting at Reading is a great season opener as it combines a scratch race from which the top nine qualify for the Derny paced final…

    I tend to suffer a serious dose of self-doubt before the first race of the season, so it was with some trepidation that I packed my kit for the Bordeaux-Paris (style) meeting at the Reading Velodrome over the bank holiday weekend. 

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    2014 Hack On The Track

    TORQ fuelled track cyclist Jan Birkmyre takes up the challenge to be the 2014 “Hack on the Track”; a day of track racing sponsored by Halfords, to find the fastest cycling journalist and launch the Boardman track bike. 

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    2013 Season Round Up

    Janet Birkmyre reflects on the successes of the 2013 season; eight months of racing from May until the end of December, taking in National Series events, the British National Track Champs, plus European and World Masters’ Championships as well.  Here are her thoughts…

    Lies, damn lies and statistics!  It is easy to overlook just how successful the season has been, because I was so disappointed to lose my National Scratch Race title, but the stats are all good. 

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    National Derny Champs

    TORQ-Fuelled elite track cyclist Janet birkmyre takes on the National Derny Championships in Newport a race which involves being motor paced by a modified motor cycle around a track, here is Janet’s account of the race where she took a silver medal.   Way back in 2005 I received a call from Graham Bristow, he had met me at the Master National Track Champs and he asked me if I wanted to try some Derny paced training in preparation for the World Masters later that year. 
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    Janet Birkmyre

    A couple of weeks after winning a national track cycling title up against riders half her age (see here for report http://www.torqfitness.co.uk/news/national-track-championships), Janet headed to Manchester for the 2012 World Masters Track Championships, which entailed six races over seven days at the Manchester Velodrome, bringing her 2012 season to an end. 

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    National Track Championships

    Janet Birkmyre is a class act on the track, with a plethora of titles in the discipline. 

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    Janet Birkmyre

    TORQ-fuelled Janet Birkmyre is a legend. 

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    Janet Birkmyre Herne Hill Omnium

    Janet Birkmyre is a world record breaking, British, European and World track cycling champion. 

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    World Masters Track Championships 2011

    TORQ Fuelled Janet Birkmyre has this year dominated the World Masters Track Champ’s, held in Manchester a few weeks ago.  Having been pretty much untouchable in her category she has taken home multiple medals and broken two world record’s!