Cycling New Zealand named a 14-strong team to contest the UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Switzerland.
National coach Jon Andrews said the level of competition in Europe, especially among the junior track programmes, is increasing significantly as nations realise its importance as they build track capability for Olympic competition going forward.
Jenna Merrick did a fantastic job representing New Zealand and came in second for the Junior Women’s Race. Here is what she had to say below:
“Coming into the @oceaniacycling champs road race today (25 March 2018), I was very nervous about how the track legs would hold up on the climbs but quickly discovered I had a bit of form still going… with just over 20kms to go I attacked at the top of the main hill and rode away on the decent, was swiftly joined by eventual winner Sarah. At the 5km mark I was alone again, this time chasing Sarah. I survived solo to finish in 2nd place and ahead of the chase bunch!! This result is a very exciting high in a sport which feels like a roller coaster, and I never thought I would successfully pull off a breakaway like that. A number of things came together today to produce one of my favourite rides to date. I know that the support team behind me contributes a large part to my success and for this I would like to thank coach Paul Leitch, Katri and @cyclingnewzealand for organising this, @performancebicycletuning, Frequency, Apartment Specialists and my parents!!!!”