The Easter International GP provided a good early season for four Sprinters Edge athletes. The goal was to go down, test the early season form, and execute winning tactics. Coach, Andrew Harris says “I think we learned we have a bunch of work to do. We are in the middle of a hard training block, so our performance is going to suffer, we knew that. On the other hand, this is not a top level competition, and we need to step up and deliver a better punch, even when we are not at our best.”
There were some bright spots. On day two Jamie Alvord took the win in the keirin minor final for 7th place. On day three Jamie managed a 5th place finish in the men’s sprint. Mandy Marquardt won the women’s sprint title after setting a new women’s track record at the National Cycling Center in Couva. Mandy also raced to a 4th place spot in the women’s keirin final. Mckenzie Browne qualified into the sprint tournament, but lost out to teammate Marquardt in the quarter finals. Junior, Allyson Wasielewski gained valuable experience by competing in the women’s elite category.
“We’ve got a stretch of time on the track at home now. Everyone is back home for a good block of further preparation. I’m confident that we will step up and do what we need to do to improve. Trinidad has shown there is much work left to do, and I know the team will respond positively”, said Harris.