New signing Annette Edmondson won all six events that make up the omnium at the Cycling Australia National Omnium and Para-Cycling Nationals. The 21-year-old handily adds a national title in the discipline to her silver medal from the World Championships and her bronze medal at the London Olympics. Yesterday, she checked in from Melbourne to tell you about the first day of racing. She’s back to describe, in her own words, the final three races on the second day of racing.
We raced the individual pursuit, scratch race and 500m time trial today. I started the day in the lead, having won all three races yesterday, with three points over Isabella King (WA) on seven points and Amy Cure on ten points.
I hoped to finish in the top three in the individual pursuit. I had only managed 3:39 two weeks ago at the Oceania Track Championships, and I knew I wasn’t in top form for this particular race. I was a bit surprised when I managed to win the individual pursuit in a time of 3:35.302. I’m happy with a time like this so early in the track season.
The scratch race unfolded to plan for me. As the overall omnium leader by a healthy margin, I suspected that the girls on second and third places, who were closer on points than second was to me, would watch each other throughout the race. This dynamic gave way to a high probability of the race coming down to a bunch sprint, which is right up my alley. The race played out exactly as I expected, and I was able to win the bunch sprint.
Due to my sprint background, I knew I would be able to post a competitive time in the final event of the omnium – the 500m time trial. It was just a matter of going through the motions and making sure I went through each process properly. Although I felt slightly over geared during the effort, I posted a time of 35.812 seconds to take the win.
I’m pleased to be National Omnium Champion with silver going to Amy Cure (TA) and bronze to Bella King (WA), who finished on equal points. I came into these national championships off a reasonable Oceania’s, so I knew I would be on good form. Although I started the event on a good note, anything can happen in the omnium, so I had to make sure I focused on each individual event. My approach really paid off as I did manage to win not only the overall but also each event. This was a nice surprise, and it’s a huge confidence boast going into the rest of the 2013 track season.
I’m heading to the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals over Christmas. After that I’ll race a few of the Tour Down Under crits with ORICA-AIS before the rest of the Track National Championships at the end of January. I’m excited about what’s ahead during the next few months!
Note: Image provided by Cycling Australia / John Veage