Rebecca Wiasak (3.28.884) claimed her first ever international medal when she won the individual pursuit ahead of Great Britain’s Elinor Barker (3:31.070) and Ireland’s Caroline Ryan (3:34.257).
“It’s pretty emotional for me at the moment,” Wiasak said who won the event in a personal best time. “This is the first time I’ve been able to sing to national anthem and I was close to tears on the podium.”
Wiasak was part of the women’s team pursuit bronze medal winning ride on Friday night after travelling to Mexico as an emergency rider for the team. The absence of Ashlee Ankudinoff due to illness granted Wiasak a last minute call up for both the team and individual pursuit events.
“I wasn’t supposed to ride here, and I was only told yesterday that I was racing [the individual pursuit].
“It’s been a really hard week knowing I had good form [and wasn’t supposed to be racing]. I wanted to prove that I am capable of delivering a good result for Australia and hopefully prove that I am worthy of staying in the track program for another year.”"
Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares has claimed gold in the 500 metre time trial in a world record time of 32.836 making her the first women in history to go under 33 seconds in the event.
Racing at the Mexico Track World Cup, Meares eclipsed her own world record posted at the Melbourne World Championships in 2012 (33.010) to again write herself into the history books.
“I just wanted it, I wanted it really badly,” Meares said.
“It’s really weird, it’s taken me nearly 10 years to improve just over a second in the discipline. In Athens in 2004 I was 20 years old and became the first women to ride a sub 34 [33.952] and now, ten years later at 30 years of age, I’m the first to ride a sub 33.
“I am just so proud.”"
When quizzed about the biggest challenges facing women’s cycling today, she quickly nominates three areas of concern: an under representation of women in decision making, a lack of media coverage and the retention of talent within the sport.
“We need to improve the diversity of those in decision making positions. We need boards with real representation of women, and not just one token female,” she said.
“The evidence is out there: diverse boards are more financially successful and they also enable better decisions to be made. Studies have shown that you need at least 1/3 of each gender to be represented.
“All UCI commissions should be striving to get more females into leadership positions and encouraging them to join commissions, and the UCI should mandate minimum representation targets. We introduced minimum representation targets into our bylaws in Cycling Victoria. It is possible."
Love this interview with Monique - she’s on the board of Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia, working hard on improving cycling - and especially women’s cycling - in Australia. Plus if you’ve ever wondered why people like me really don’t like it when women cyclists are called “girls” by commentator/media, and people who aren’t in the peloton themselves, she explains that really well.
The 661 Mini Downhill in the Forest of Dean attracted a record 27 girls out to race with the help of 4X Pro Tour Champion Katy Curd on hand to give an exclusive track walk for all the girls it was set for a cracking day of racing.
Emma Whiter was on hand to catch all the day in film.
The next 661 Mini Downhill is on 26th January 2014 and we are going to try and set a new record and get 30 girls racing."
Click through for the film.