Today marked the 4th and last day of the World Para Cycling Championships in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada and Australia had a fabulous day out on the road!
It started out this morning with David Nicholas in the C3 men where he was at the front for most of the race, however ended up 16th after cramping with about 800m to go. Next were Alex Green and Sue Powell in the women’s C4. An incredibly hard course for all riders today saw Sue take the Bronze medal with Alex 5th. Simone Kennedy C3 and Jayme Richardson had fabulous races with 2nd and 1st respectively.
This afternoon brought out the guys Michael Gallagher and Alistair Donohoe in the men’s C5. With a fabulous outcome in the end with Michael winning Gold and Alistair taking the Bronze.
Our Tandem guys Matt and Mick were next up and fought valiantly for 100 km finishing in a bunch and awarded 10th place, fabulous for their first ever World Champs and making their goal of a top 10 finish! We then had the Hand Cycle relay where our riders placed 6th.
Our final tally of medals was 4 Gold and 5 Bronze which was fantastic and one more Gold than 2 years ago. Tomorrow morning we pack all the bikes, trikes and hand cycles up to ship them back to Oz, then Tuesday morning we make the 9 hour drive back to Montreal where I say good-bye to the team and head to Toronto to visit with family and friends!
This past couple of weeks have been more than I could have hoped for with results, 4 races, 4 wins! I have met a wonderful young lady who I shared a room with…remember the name Bianca Woolford, because she will be a force to be reckoned with in the future, along with Alistair Donohoe, they are the future of our sport! In saying that we have some amazing athletes who are just getting better with age! It is an amazing team, one that is led by amazing staff. So thank you to Peter D,Tom, Muz, Paul, Anouska, Peter S, Peter G, Dan, Kimberly and Walt, without all of your help we wouldn’t perform as well as we have.
Thank you personally to Helen Kelly for her coaching, Crooksy and the Victorian Institute of Sport, Liv/giant for their sponsorship and family and friends for putting up with me! My next goal is only in a couple of months and that is being part of the first Para Rowing crew from Australia to race at The Head of the Charles in Boston. After that it will be time to sit down and work out what my goals for 2014 will be! But we may have to start with defending my 2 World titles!