Some bad news and some not so bad news
Firstly it is with great pride, grateful and much love in my heart that I say thank you to Intellibus for walking with me in my journey over the last four years. Your sponsorship has given me opportunities that I took with both hands. Being a part of "The Bus" was really a great experience.
Thanks for everything that you do for Track cycling, trying to keep it alive at such a difficult time in our discipline. It is very sad saying goodbye to a team and a sponsor that meant so much! Thank you, Thank you!!
The not so bad news is having my other half back from Commonwealth Games. I listened closely to all the stories he came back with and can only try my best to make the next games. Definitely on the "to do list".
The men's Team Pursuit team broke the SA record in their qualifying TP, placing them 5th over all. I really think the National team at the moment is the strongest it as ever been. We just need that international racing experience. Anyone who has ever raced on the international circuit will know how the pressure piles on your shoulders. So for us, South Africans, we get one race to perform... one race to prove you worth it, one chance - or so it feels sometimes!
We don't really have international races that you can say, It's fine, this one I would put down as experience, because we are just not at that level, we try to make every single race count 100% because we don't get to do a lot of that racing. Every time, we want to perform at our best and get a good result. Of course, we take flack for not doing too well when the iron gets hot, but hey, it's our best! And that's what counts in the end; we race our hearts out. We just need more of those races to take us one step further.
Talking about racing, I've got SA Omnium Championships coming up at the Belliville Velodrome. Please come support us at the track from 9am Friday the 22nd until Sunday the 24th.
The programme will be downloadable from WP cycling website to get specific time slots.
As most of you know, this may be the last racing in the velodrome. It is very sad for the sport, but this is reality, I guess. The Municipality sold the entire land on which the Velodrome and Athletics stadium is on. It was sold to a developer who will convert it into a European style Office/Hotel/Mall. It will be bitter day when the Velodrome closes....but let's cross that bridge when we get there. : Optimism is key here!!
My goal for the Omnium Champs is to get on the Podium. In doing that, I will be securing valuable UCI points to move me over 90 Points that every athlete needs to race an Olympic event at a World Cup.
World Cup dates is as follows: Place to be confirmed by the UCI. World Cup Round 1 07.11.2014
World Cup Round 2 05.12.2014
World Cup Round 3 16.01.2015
World Championships 18.02.2015
Motivation for me at the moment comes from something as simple as reading a Hulett's Sugar label to listening to motivational speakers. My selection exclusion from the Commonwealth team made me angry at first, but then I tried to put that into something positive. I'm finding motivation in me that I did not know I had! I'm training my hardest that I've ever trained, and I've never wanted anything more in my life than what I'm aspiring for now.
The fact that I don't have a sponsor anymore, or that I don't have the money for the World Cups, is definitely hanging over my head, yes... but I try to take it day-by-day, step-by-step: Exploring every venture there is out there to get a sponsorship or to get the funds to get to these three World Cups.
Firstly, I need to make my way onto the top step of that podium next weekend.
I can't ask you guys enough to come and support us! You won't be disappointed!
Cheers for now,
Safe cycling out there!