Mark Hemmings, Sports Editor
Thursday, October 21, 2010
WELWYN Wheelers’ Commonwealth Games sisters Emma and Laura Trott are back in the UK after their Indian adventure in Delhi.
The pair competed at the Games and are now reflecting on the once in a lifetime opportunity they had there.
World Junior Omnium champion Laura, who was in Delhi for 10 days, said: “It was a really good experience.”
The 18-year-old was seventh in the 3,000m Individual Pursuit, and ninth in both the Points Race and Scratch Race.
Racing as a senior at her first major event was a stern test for the teenager.
“I did not realise how big the step up was,” she said.
“My performace in the Individual Pursuit was what I was most pleased with as I knocked four seconds off my PB.”
Ahead of the Games much was made of conditions of facilites not being up to standard, but Laura felt this coverage was over the top.
“The media blew it out of proportion, from what I saw it was fine,” she said.
When in India, Laura stayed with the rest of the England team in the athletes’ village.
Her time there was a memorable one, mixing with the other sports stars in the national team.
She said: “Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley were there at dinner, you could sit with anyone in the England team.
“I met lots of different sports people and learned a lot about shooting, which was new for me.”
With the Commonwealth Games now behind her, Laura’s next big goal is making the GB cycling team for the London 2012 Olympic Games, in the short term though she will not have a long wait for a return to competitive action.
“2012 is my main target, although I have the European Track Championships in a few weeks time so I’ve will not have had a break and if all goes well I’ll be going to the World Cup event in Columbia in December.”
Laura’s older sister Emma was also in India taking on some of the world’s best road cyclists.
“For me it was a great experience.
“I was in a team event and an individual one.”
The 20-year-old secured eighth place in the Individual Time Trial with a time of 40 minutes 19.52 seconds, gold went to Canadian Tara Whitten who clocked 38 mins 59.30 secs.
While the women’s Road Race saw Emma finish 33rd after helping England team-mate Elizabeth Armitstead into a podium place during the tactical event.
“We won a medal with Lizzie [Armitstead] in the Road Race and I feel we achieved and helped her to silver even though we don’t get medals.”
It was a remarkable achievement for Emma to make the Games squad at all and be fit enough to compete on the world stage.
She was one of five British cyclists that were in collision with a car while training in Belgium in May.
Emma suffered a broken collarbone and concussion, however battled back to full fitness in time to compete in India.
After a two-week break, where leisure cycling is almost virtually on the cards, Emma will return to full training.
The sisters are now to join up with the GB Cycling Academy in Manchester as they plot their path to the London 2012 Olympic Games.