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Since the Games are right around the corner I thought I’d start of with a quick post outlining the Rio Schedule. I am hoping the events will be streamed online at CBC.ca but I don’t have a schedule.
August 3rd - Travel to Rio!
Goodbye Milton, I am already feeling nostalgic for the training group we have built here!
August 12th - Team Sprint Day!
This is a two lap race. Kate O’Brien will do the first lap and I will slot in behind her. After one lap she will pull off and I will do the second lap on my own. Her job is to get us going as fast as possible and it will be my job to hold the speed and not fade at the end.
Things to look for:
There will probably be a gap between us for the first half lap or so because Kate will be a smaller gear. If I do a good job, I will close that gap going into the second corner. We are hoping for a time in the low 33 seconds, or if the track is running really fast, we would be thrilled to get into the 32’s!
August 13th - Keirin Day
The Keirin is an 8 lap race, with 6 riders on the track at a time. The first 5.5 laps are paced by a derny bike and with 2.5 laps to go, the derny will pull off and it is a fight to the finish line. The derny’s job is to bring the riders up to speed gradually so that when it pulls off the riders are going fast but their legs are fresh. There will be a first round, a repechage round (a second chance to get to the next round), a semifinal round and a final, so hopefully I will be racing 3-4 times this day! This race is very dynamic, and anything can happen.
Keirin racing is very popular in Japan where it is a betting sport. (I will be racing in the professional league in Japan in the Fall, which I am very excited about.)
August 14-16th - Individual Sprints
This is the cat and mouse event. We start of with a 200m time trial (I will be looking for a time lower than 11 seconds if the track is running fast) which seeds the riders. Then we are paired up to compete against in each other in a tournament style format. Each match sprint is slightly different with some riders preferring to ride from the front and others prefer to ride from the back.
We have been working very hard and have been seeing solid improvements in training. Even though I am nervous, I am also so excited to finally get there and see what we can do! We have done the work, now we try to stay as calm as possible to get the very best out of ourselves on race day. I have received help from so many great people, I really hope to give you all something good to cheer for!
This blog is written by Monique Sullivan