Two key events in the National track calendar occur late January, early February every year. The National Track Championships, followed by the National Omnium Championships.
Admiral Liv AWOL team captain Charlotte Broughton has returned to the boards, having not raced at Track Championships since 2014. And her excitement was evident in the run up to the first Championships event when she tweeted “1 week until my first National Track Champs since 2014 got me feeling like 😄 Super excited to be back racing on the boards, completely fallen back in love with the sport and can’t wait to see what I can do”.
The National Track Championships were held at the Manchester Velodrome over a three day period, with heats and finals running on all three days from the 26th to the 28th January.
On the Friday, Charlotte finished 15th in the 3000m pursuit in qualification.
Saturday saw her race again, this time in the 15km scratch race. She missed out only just on qualification, finishing 12th in heat 1.
She tweeted on the final day, “Last day of senior track nationals for me with the points race. Big old learning curve so far but I’m enjoying my return to the track already”.
In the Points race heats, she came in 10th after a 40 lap 10 km race, qualifying for the final. “Qualified for the points race final, happy with that”
For the final, held later that day, the race was double the length at 80 laps. Charlotte finished a very impressive 16th overall. “Points was never my cuppa but super happy to of stayed in the bunch for the whole 80 laps, onwards and upwards! Most definitely have caught the track bug again!”
Bearing in mind that competition in this event included 4 track cyclists who have been awarded with MBEs for their service to track cycling. That’s tough competition!
And so it was back to training for another few weeks, in the run up to National Omnium Championships. Sadly training for this and work requirements meant missing the Admiral Liv AWOL training camp despite it being held only an hour up the road from the Derby Arena, Charlotte’s home for track training.
The Omnium was a one day event on the 17th February, comprising of Men and Women’s event and this year included a Youth A Boys and Girls support Omnium.
Luckily for those who couldn’t attend to watch, the whole event (well almost) was streamed live on the Derby Arena Channel. And certainly the cameras gave Charlotte and her distinct Liv AWOL skin-suit a great proportion of air time. Sadly the streamed video is no longer available in the UK, but if you’re outside the UK, feel free to relive the event using this link National Omnium Live from Derby Arena
Charlotte had a really good series of races, finishing 11th overall at the end of the day. Not bad considering Charlotte has really only just returned to track competition. Well done Charlotte B! Overall results here on BC website
We managed to track down RJB Photography at the event and they got some great action shots of Charlotte, for which were grateful to reuse some of his photos. To see the full album, click here.
Following on from her exploits of track, Charlotte was recently interviewed by Kelly-Jayne Emmerson, new Derby Arena Track Ambassador, and you can read all about it on Kelly’s blog here. As Charlotte tweeted, “CYCLING PEOPLE AND PEOPLE INTERESTED IN CYCLING. Please give Kelly’s blog a read and share: as the newly appointed
@derby_arena Track Ambassador Kelly is trying to get more women on the track so did a little Q&A on the basics with me! Enjoy!”
It’s also worth mentioning that two other Admiral Liv AWOL riders have been on track recently, competing at the Lee Valley Velodrome. Hannah Graveney has been racing in the London Youth Track League 2017-18 (Girls/Junior), while Clover Murray was at the Full Gas Winter Track League 2017-2018. Along with Revolution Future Star’s track rider Zoe Brookes, maybe there is a chance we might see a team pursuit foursome for Admiral Liv AWOL for next winter?
Featured photo by RJB Photography
Thank you also to Ali Fielding, Bob McGregor and Graham Hind for reuse of their photographs.