24 days, 5 test match series, 25 ladies, 2 qualifying rounds and 1 World Champion.
…I have recently spent 3 1/2 weeks in Adelaide, Australia, with the Cycle Speedway GB tour for the World Championships. We all experienced various different ways of Australia’s living, surroundings, weather and most of all, racing. Everyday consisted of either Veteran’s, Women’s, Junior’s or Men’s racing, or all. With there being 5 Ashes test match series for juniors and women, 4 for Men’s, a number of veteran’s test matches, along with qualifying rounds for all categories and the all important finals… OZ proved to be a very full-on and busy tour. However with this came amazing and unforgettable experiences, especially for those which attended the Australia tour for the first time.
The women’s racing truly went up another level during Australia. The first women’s test match at La Fevre was very tense, physical and close scoring. With Australian refereeing being much more passive than English ref’s, a very tense atmosphere due it being the kick-start of the women’s race series and the fact the crowds where building and both teams desperately wanted to win the first test match… provided excellent racing and competition for the teams and as well as for the spectators to watch. As the Ashes test matches continued throughout the first 2 weeks, both teams began to build friendships.
Women’s test match series scores:
Test match 1- Le Fevre – Australia 90-89 GB
Test match 2- Sailsbury – GB 96- 83 Australia
Test match 3- Findon- GB 91- 88 Australia
Test match 4- Findon- GB 94- 86 Australia
Final test match- Murraylands- GB 94- 85 Australia
There was a tough competition as the Aussie women proved to be very tactical, physical and strong. However our GB women’s great fitness put together with brilliant team work, resulted in Great Britain retaining a very successful win of the Ashes test match series 2013, 4-1.
Once the test series had finished we began preparing for the Federation Cup. This involves 2 pairs and 1 reserve ( total of 5 riders) within each team, the teams where… Australia, Great Britain and ICSF select.
Riders in each team:
Australia: Nicky Kinross, Sarah Kinross, Lucy Millikin, Letitia Collins – reserve: Kayleigh Clarke / Carly Martin.
GB: Vicky Brown, Lauren Davies (myself), Michelle Whitehead, Lauren Hookway - reserve: Charlie-Jane Herbert
ICSF: Livvi Horsley, Laura Watson, Kayleigh Clarke, Jess Snowdon – reserve: Sandra Tamborska
The Federation cup was a good competition filled with great tactics and strong team work. With the World semi- finals and finals being only a matter of days away from this event, the last thing each rider wanted was an accident that may effect there fitness or ability to ride in the all important World Championships. The Federation cup was a well- deserved victory for Australia, winning on 46 points, followed by Great Britain on 44 points and lastly the ICSF select team with 29 points.
Women’s World Individual qualifying rounds:
Lauren Davies 19, Sandra Tambroska 17, Charlie Jane Herbert 17, Nicky Kinross 16, Michelle Whitehead 16, Laura Watson 15, Rebecca Davies 14, Livvi Horsley 13
Non Qualifiers- Shiranta Aston 13, Caris Glover 11, S.J. Clee Collins 11, Jayden Wheldan 10.
Letitia Collins 19, Lucy Millikin 19, Sara Kinross 18, Vicky Brown 17, Lauren Hookway 17, Carly Martin 15, Lucy Whitehead 14, Kayleigh Clarke 13
Non Qualifiers- Jesse Snowden 12, Miriam Thompson 11, Jackie Kinross 9, Latisha Bevear 8, Annabell Blaker 8
(Qualifying rounds points lifted from http://www.spokesman-online.co.uk)
WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INDIVIDUAL FINAL…
…Nervous, tense and high amounts of adrenalin pumping around my body… these were the only feelings i could feel as i began to prepare myself an hour before it all started. That hour flew by as the minutes quickly passed. As every British, Australian and Polish women slowly began to fill up the pits area, my nerves built and everything felt very surreal. Months of built-up excitement and preparation, and finally the moment had came and one of the women in the pits shall be World Champion in a matter of hours. Every single race was important for each individual. Every women fighting for that 1st place or a place on the podium. Every women on top-form and every women confident. In each of my races i manged to produce a strong a successful gate, however in one i had no choice but to hold back and attempt to take the dive under Sarah Kinross on the first corner out of the gate, making this switch pass put me up in first. Throughout all my races i managed to be unbeaten up in till the finish, even though all of the adrenalin made my legs and body feel week and the humidity making myself and everyone feel drained once we reached our 3rd-4th race, i still triumphed a surprising 20 point maximum. My emotions went through the roof and the feeling was unbelievable. I came to Australia to give it my all in becoming world champion, but actually experiencing the victory and managing to achieve what i wanted and knowing that i am the women’s World C.S Champion is a completely different feeling and whilst in the moment it felt unreal but truly amazing. being a little home-sick towards the end and seeing my family over ‘face time’ (mobile video), resulted in tears of complete joy and mixed emotions. the competition was high and every single rider rode fantastic.
4th- Sarah Kinross ( Australia )
3rd- Sandra Tamborska (Poland)
2nd- Nicky Kinross (Australia)
1st – LAUREN DAVIES- (myself (GB)
Australia tour 2013 will defiantly be an unforgettable experience. Spending 3 1/2 weeks with GB riders and Australian riders, new bonds where made and previous bonds made even stronger. From the picture-perfect beaches, shopping malls, visiting a zoo seeing different animals, a boat trip with dolphins and the stunning beauty of Australia… sums up the trip to the other side of the world. Australia was perfect in every aspect, not one regret and i know that one day i will go back. I recommend the GB world tour to any and every Cycle Speedway rider, a true chance of a lifetime. Becoming the Women’s World Individual Champion was the icing on the cake and feels immense. I now believe that i am changing to a fixed gear in velodrome next year, in an attempt to put my passion into action and see where it takes me. I have fulfilled my aim within Cycle Speedway and want to go on to achieve as much as i can in the sport that i love.