In Pursuit coach Rob started working with Liz 12 months ago after she successfully completed her accreditation at York Sport Velodrome, the original goal was to compete at track league in 2016 but after a strong winter of training and going from strength to strength at track league we took the plunge and decided to put an entry in for the World Masters Championships which were being held in Manchester for the last time before making their way to Los Angeles for 2017.
After careful consideration of Liz's strengths and several discussions we decided the best event to go for would be the Individual Pursuit, a 2km, 8 lap effort around the velodrome trying to set the best time possible.
We knew Liz had come a long way in the last 9 months of training and was a much stronger rider than before but we could still find some more speed in her legs, but we also knew Liz had never ridden pursuit before and now she was going to compete at the highest level she could so we had to make sure that technically she was ready for the big day too. On the face of it the IP looks tactically easy as its just riding around as fast as you can by yourself however there were 3 key skills we needed to make sure went well: starting out of the gate, transitioning into the aerobars and pacing.
After a couple of months of honing Liz's fitness and working on her IP skills at York and Manchester velodrome the big day came round. Liz won her heat and finished 9th overall with a personal best time. We were super proud of all the hard work Liz had put in to get to the World's and it is hard to explain how much of an accomplishment this was but perhaps most of all the thing that made us most proud was her determination to learn from the event and want to progress into competing at more major championships. We are confident that with this mindset and more careful planning and coaching Liz will go on to finish higher and higher up the medal table.