New signing Nettie Edmondson checked in from Melbourne where she is racing the omnium at the 2013 Cycling Australia Omnium and Para-Cycling National Championships. The omnium bronze medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics will race a mixed schedule of track events and road events next season.
The omnium is composed of six different races contested over two days. The final classification is calculated by tallying finishing places in each event. The winner is the rider with the lowest number of points. The women’s omnium consists of the flying lap, points race (20K), elimination race, individual pursuit (3K), scratch race and 500 M time trial. With the first three events completed following day one of racing, Edmondson leads the omnium with three points over Isabella King (WA) on 7 points and Amy Cure (TAS) on 10 points.
Edmondson, in her own words, describes Thursday's races.
I was extremely pleased with my first event – the flying lap – as I managed to post a personal best by two-tenths of a second. This put my time under 14 seconds, making me the first women to post a sub-14 flying lap in the omnium. I’ve never seen a sub-14 time, so when I heard about the hot, fast conditions at the DISC velodrome, breaking that barrier become my goal. I was excited to achieve it.
My second race – the points race – also went well. I felt strong in the sprints. Although I had to cover a few attacks from the Tasmania duo of Amy Cure and Georgia Baker, and Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) gained a lap on the field, I managed to secure enough points to take the win.
The elimination, the third and final event of the night, was a bit hairy! There was a particular point in the race where I was caught napping and almost found myself eliminated. Thankfully, the episode flicked me into gear, and I managed to avoid any close calls for the rest of the race. The legs felt pretty good, and I managed to take three wins out of three events on day one.
Overall, the day has gone well for me. I’m really happy with my personal best in the flying lap. That’s always great to see, and I took a lot of confidence from the points race.
Racing continues tomorrow, and we have the individual pursuit up first, so that will be interesting. I’m up against a lot of ‘pursuiters’, and I expect this event could jiggle overall standings up a bit. I’ll check in with you tomorrow, and let you know how things shake out for me.