Edmondston enjoys tougher level of competition

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Despite no finals appearances, Waimate cyclist Holly Edmondston is incredibly happy with her achievements in her first major meet as an elite woman at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide.

Edmondston was selected in the Bike NZ elite women’s track endurance team that competed in Adelaide from October 8 to11.

Her events at the Oceania Track Championships were the team pursuit, in which she was part of the under-19 team, and the omnium, in which she competed for the first time at elite women’s level.

The 17-year-old from Waimate said she was pleased with her efforts.

“I thought I did really well in my first meet at senior level, considering I was only with the team a few weeks.”

Edmondston and her teammates practised with the elite women’s team pursuit squad, and despite not qualifying for the finals, managed to get their time down to 3:48, shaving 11 seconds off their previous time in the 4km team pursuit event.

“It was pleasing to see that we managed to get our time down by 11 seconds after only being together for a few weeks.”

In her other event, she competed as in the elite women’s six-event ominium race where she placed 10th.

“I’m pretty happy with how I went. I didn’t finish last,” Edmondston said.

Edmondston found the transition easier than she expected.

“They’re all fantastic riders and that probably made the transition to the elite level that little bit easier,” she said.

Her training steps up a level now and will be focused on the national champs in Cambridge in January and the world championships next year.

“It was great competing at Oceania and it just makes me want to compete at the Worlds in February.”

Being promoted to senior level means Edmondston will now have to relocate to Cambridge from Waimate.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: FILE

STEP UP: Waimate cyclist Holly Edmondston competed as part of an elite women’s track squad for the first time in Adelaide.