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07 Dec 2010

Shane Perkins talks about his Gold medal race


Well what a couple of weeks heading into the world cup in Melbourne. Leading into Oceania’s the week before Melbourne world cup; the form was great during competition.

However it took a turn with some sickness resulting in having to pull out before the end of the Oceania titles.

5 days off and plenty of time on the couch recovering, plus not knowing if I would be healthy enough to race Melbourne World Cup threatened to potentially throw a fork in the road of my season, leading into qualification for the world championships. One day before the start of competition was a trial with my coach.

This confirmed that the body would be ok to start. I went into the team sprint not having done one for almost 1 year, so that was very nerve racking to say the least. Luckily we had two great rides to take us to the bronze medal!

One day rest for me after the sprint before heading back into competition on the Saturday. Qualifying in 2nd with a time of 10.042 sent me under the direct nomination for world championships. This being said I really needed points and a good result to cement my spot for March!!

Through the rounds I ran into many fantastic very fast competitors, the final brought some great racing and nothing was a guarantee. As the final went to 3 heats it all came down to one last race for gold.

This was against Olympic silver medallist Jason Kenny. We were one a piece and the last race would be the decider. Both tired of course, I had some cramps from the previous race which were getting to be a little painful but once out on the track all the pain was forgotten and mind was on business.

The first and last races of the finals ended in photo finishes of which I luckily won both leaving me the victor this time around!

It was some awesome racing and the crowd and everyone supporting me were fantastic in the lead up and during the racing, thank you to everyone involved, this brings my tally to three straight years of Gold in Melbourne.