Friday, March 26, 2010

Another WORLD RECORD on an ISM Adamo seat

Hey Team

Just a quick note. Thank you for the emails and texts. Your support is so much appreciated.

So yesterday was not the day I had hoped for as I set out to defend my world title in the Individual Pursuit. In the qualifying round I missed out on the gold medal ride off and had to settle with the race for bronze. Unfortunately things just weren't 100% on fire yesterday, and at a World Championships they have to be to win medals. So 4th it was.......somebody throw me a Moro bar!!!

But today was another day and there were two other team mates amped up to race in the Teams Pursuit. So I had to put my own personal disappointment aside and put on a new game face. Our qualifying ride wasn't what we were after and we missed out on the final Gold ride off to the Aussies and the Brits. We were however determined to take on the Americans for the Bronze. With the coaching staff devising the perfect plan to ensure we maximised everyones strengths and every one of us crossed the line completely spent Lauren, Rushlee and I executed the perfect race and the result.......a bronze medal BUT most exciting of all the WORLD RECORD!!!!!!

We had to hold our breaths to see how long our world record would last while the Aussies and the Brits rode for the Gold. The Aussies took the title but they couldn't match our speed and I am proud to say the Kiwi women hold the WORLD RECORD.

It is definitely bitter sweet because of course we would have loved to have the Gold medal and Rainbow Jersey's, but for now claiming the fastest time ever we can sleep with. What a great feeling.

Attached are a couple of photos and some links to some stories from the champs.

For now it's late, and while racing is over for me I have chief supporter and team cheering duties to attend to for the next three days of competition, starting tomorrow with the Men's Teams Pursuit, the Men's Kilo and the Womens Scratch Race.

Catch you all soon


Alison Shanks

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