It has been an exciting and hectic few months since joining Team Jadan… I was lucky enough to have been selected to compete in the Revolution series Hoy Future Stars events which began in October 2014 with the final round taking place on Saturday, 14th March 2015. I am laying 7th overall in the series going into the last round and whilst I have ridden strongly in most rounds it has been difficult to maintain ‘top form’ as I have been taking part in other track events. It is very exciting to race in front of big crowds and to share the track centre with cycling greats! Icebreaker Series down in Newport, South Wales, is an Omnium style event over 3 rounds which have been held in between the Revolution rounds. I am leading the Endurance competition after 2 rounds which I am very pleased about. There hasn’t been as many competitors taking part as I am used to but it has still be a valuable experience.

Most recently I have competed in Sprint Fest over 2 days at Manchester velodrome and this was a very successful event for me. I qualified fastest in the ‘Girls’ competition Flying 200 with a new personal best and won all of my heats on the Saturday. Sunday morning racing started at 08.00 hrs!! And my legs were feeling the battering they had taken the day before. Unfortunately I ‘switched off’ in the first heat and this cost me dearly as I was out of the gold/silver ride with bronze being the best I could achieve! I made sure in the ‘Ride Off’ that I stayed focused and in control and won the bronze in 2 straight heats. After getting over my initial disappointment I am very pleased with my performance and result as I had done no specific sprint training up to the event

and then…..

Today I received a call from a British Cycling coach I know inviting me to compete with the Olympic Development Programme Sprinters at an event in Switzerland next weekend!!!

I will be travelling out Thursday 19th March, competing on Friday and travelling home on Saturday 21st March. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am so excited to be racing alongside the ODP cyclists and to ride on the UCI velodrome.

Then it’s a quick unpack, kit wash and then off to Malta on Monday 23rd March with some of my lovely Jadan Teamies to compete in the Tour Ta Malta.

Until next time…..

Monica X

UPDATE: I came 9th overll in the Revolution Series… A great experience!