In Her Own Words: Nettie Edmondson on Fiorenzuola

Sun 28 Jul 2013

Nettie Edmondson splits her season between the track and the road. After a hugely successful 2012-203 season that included an Olympic bronze medal, four national titles and three medals at the World Championships, Edmondson returned to the track for the first time since February.

The event in Fiorenzuola was an opportunity for Edmondson and her Australian National Team teammates to qualify for upcoming World Cups. In her own words, Edmondson describes the three days of racing.  

Q: Can you explain Fiorenzuola to people who might not be familiar with it?

The Fiorenzuola event was one of many new track events around the world set up as opportunities for riders to qualify points for the upcoming Track World Cups. 

Q: What were your objectives over the three days of racing? 

There were three women's track endurance events held at Fiorenzuola: the omnium, points race and scratch race. Racing as part of the Australian women's track team, our main goal was to qualify Amy Cure for the points race, Ashlee Ankudinoff for the scratch and myself for the omnium. We would accomplish this goal in supporting each rider place as high as possible in the standings in her event. If a rider could also earn points in another discipline, that would be considered an added bonus. 

Q: Were you satisfied with your performance and the results?

I was very satisfied with my performance! After having a short break a month ago, as well as not having been on my track bike since the Track World Championships in February, I thought it was going to be a real shock to the system. Although my timed events during the omnium (flying lap, 3km individual pursuit and 500m time trial) were slightly slower than usual (which was to be expected), I was really happy with my bunch races. It was also great to have two teammates out there with me which made a huge difference. I managed to win the omnium with 21points, by a relatively large margin to second Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland) on 38 points and Laurie Berthon (France) on 41 points.

The scratch and points races were also successful and despite a quality field of 18 nationalities, we got the job done! Ash won the scratch and Amy won the points race. As an added bonus, I also managed to win the 'best overall rider' title, which was an award based on results from all three races. This was a nice surprise!!

Q: How did it feel to be back on the track?

It actually was great! It was really nice to vary things up from the last few months on the road. I really do feel at home on my track bike!! Having said that, the third and final day was definitely solid and my lack of a track base was starting to take its toll. 

Now it's time to head back to the road to finish off the road season with Orica-AIS before the track season officially begins in November.