Q&A With Nettie Edmondson on Manchester World Cup

Mon 4 Nov 2013

Nettie Edmondson competed in three events at the Manchester World Cup last weekend. She teamed up with Georgia Baker, Rebecca Wiasak and Elissa Wundersitz for a bronze medal in the team pursuit. The quartet bested Russia for the final spot on the podium behind Great Britain with the win and Canada in second.

She quickly got back to work on the second day of racing where she contested three of the six races that make up the omnium. With an exciting victory in the elimination, Edmondson slotted into fourth overnight.

Edmondson wrapped up the omnium in fifth place on the third and final day of racing. With barely enough time to catch her breath, she was back on the boards shortly after the omnium to compete in the points race. Edmondson managed eighth in her ninth race (and third event) over the three days of World Cup racing.

While en route back to Australia, Edmondson checked in during her stopover in Singapore to answer questions about her World Cup weekend. Read on to learn what she had to say about her performance in Manchester.

Q:  Let’s talk about the World Cup as a whole. How did the three days of racing go for you? What was your highlight?

The racing went pretty well. I came here hoping for top five results in both the omnium and team pursuit. I came home with just that. Secretly, I was aiming for a podium in the omnium. Ultimately, I missed out by a few points, which was a shame. My points score, where I slotted into ninth, was the main place where I lost ground. If I had managed to do a fraction better there, it would have changed a lot in the overall standings.

Highlight for me was definitely the team pursuit. I joined a new, younger group of girls. Our goal was top five and we did two great rides to earn the bronze medal.

Q:  What was it like racing the team pursuit with a new group of riders? How did you feel about the new format in a race situation?

The team pursuit was great fun. Racing with a younger group of girls lessened the pressure on me, and I was able to enjoy the racing more. The girls did everything that the coaches and I asked of them, and it certainly paid off- we had a great qualifying and even better final, working well as a team. 

I'm extremely happy with the team's performance. Everyone rode selflessly. They knew when to take longer or shorter turns and listened to each other. They all stepped up to the occasion on race day.

I really liked the new 4km format with four girls. I felt better with slightly more recovery and also enjoyed having another teammate to race with!

Of course there is room for improvement, but improvements will come with the team. We need to get quicker, and I’m confident we will. I can't fault anyone’s race strategies, decisions or technique at all.

Q: You seemed to be building momentum on the second day of racing with each of the first three omnium events. How would rate the day?

The flying lap went well- it's one of my best events so I was happy to come away with third. I had an average points score. I came in ninth, which set me back a few more points than I had hoped. I finished well and felt ok at the end so that gave me a confidence boost going into the elimination that night.

The elimination was great! I felt pretty comfortable for the majority of the race and suddenly found the bunch reduced to seven riders. I made a couple of mistakes but managed to get myself out of them in time. With two laps left, I hit out from the top of the track and gave it everything. Luckily my everything on Saturday night was enough to hold off Laura Trott, and I took my first World Cup elimination win. It was an awesome feeling, especially hearing the British crowd go silent as I crossed the line! I couldn't believe it!

Q: With the first of three omnium races done, what were you thoughts about the three remaining races on Sunday?

After my elimination result, I was pretty confident going into the second day of the omnium. I knew I would have a good 500m time trial and individual pursuit but the scratch race is pretty unpredictable and can ultimately completely change the results. I focused on the parts that I could control.

Q: How did things actually play out on Sunday for the omnium? What went right? What went wrong?

I was surprised at how slow my individual pursuit was. I didn't expect to be setting any world records but I did a very average time and there was nothing I could do about it. It was just one of those rides!

The scratch race was fine. I felt good and finished well. Unfortunately so did my opposition!

I started the 500m time trial in fifth overall and finished in fifth overall. My time was ok but I know I definitely need a bit more training behind me if I want to see improvements.

Q: When (and why?) did you decide to add the points race back into your programme?

I had to do the points race because a rider must line up in this event at every World Cup if their country wants to ride at the world championships. Of the Australian women racing in Manchester, I was the only one who had qualified to ride it at a World Cup, so I didn't have a choice. Although tired from the omnium, I gave it a crack and finished eighth. I was pretty happy with this ride considering the racing behind me.

Q: What's next for you?

I'm heading back to Australia for a week or so and then I'll be off to New Zealand for the Oceania Track Championships.