Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who supported my campaign and preparation leading up to the Commonwealth Games in particular Cycling South Africa and SASCOC. Also to my trade team, Team Abantu for the support and freedom to focus on my track ambitions. I had very high expectations and I wish I could pin point what went wrong. I did everything I could of possibly done to prepare as best as possible yet I had nothing to give on the track. Three weeks ago I was very competitive at a International GP with a star studded European lineup before I had even begun my specialized track training. I finished in the top 6 in two events there yet at the Games I couldn’t even make an impact. I am going to have to go away and re-asses what possibly could have gone wrong.
My initial thinking is I for the first time cracked under immense pressure. My trade team put allot of pressure on me, I put allot of pressure on myself and I know there was pressure from the national body. I don’t normally stumble on the big stage but this was my first ever games of my career and possibly the stage got too big for some reason. I know the preparation I did was good and there was nothing I could of done any better or different however i do feel I made a mistake racing the early part of the season to long and not taking a break after the Mzanzi Tour. I wanted to race the National Championships and although my manager advised I shouldn’t I felt I owed it to the sport to be present at our championships. It pushed my break late and I then had to force the training and form instead of building gradually. When I was in the US I was off the pace and fighting and pushing really hard to get the form on track. Its hard to pinpoint exactly at this stage if that was the problem but I will asses carefully, then put this behind me and strongly fight back. What ever I put the problem down to will not be used as an excuse but a lesson for the future.
I accept the fact that I was just not good enough and I need to work out why that was in order for it to never happen again. A new challenge lies ahead and my focus is ultimately going to have to change now on the track with the Omnium being the only event for me at the World Cups. Allot of planning and work is going to be needed. I would like to end off by thanking once again the entire management team at the Games. From our manager & coaches, mechanic and physio it was an incredibly professional environment where the riders needed nothing to do but race their bikes. The support we received as a team makes it even more disappointing for me and I will make sure I fight back and hopefully get the opportunity to make right.