Following this it was a few weeks training then we left to go to two World Cups. The first one was in Milton, Canada, a small town not far from Toronto with a brand new, world class velodrome. The Canadians put on a great event and we managed to win the silver medal. Shortly after we flew south, out of the cold into the heat of Santiago, Chile. The World Cup here was a great experience and the crowds were very enthusiastic! We managed to take the win at this event and it was one of my proudest moments standing on the top of the podium singing our national anthem.
We arrived home to a great kiwi summer and got stuck into training preparing for World Champs which were just around the corner. We spend a few weeks on the road bikes building up the endurance before track training started. World Champs this year were in the Netherlands which is almost a second home for me. I spend a lot of time there in 2014 and 15 and made some really close friends. It was a great feeling for me to return there to race with some dutch supporters in the house. The velodrome in Apeldoorn seats about 6,000 people and most sessions were sold out. We didn’t have the best performance at this event and we made a few costly mistakes and ended up in 6th place. This was so disappointing after coming home with a medal at World Champs the year before. However, we got home, dusted ourselves off and had to quickly turn things around as we had another major event the very next month. The Commonwealth Games.
Now I am back in New Zealand and preparing for the road cycling season. Thanks for reading.