Gold in Minsk
I was pretty confident going into the World Championships in Minsk, and I’m delighted with my Gold medal in the Keirin – but the manner in which I won was not something I’m used to and it was a very odd feeling.
Obviously the Team Sprint and the early rounds of the Keirin didn’t exactly go to plan, and my normal feeling that I’d be in with a chance of a medal was thrown into doubt. I’m normally very confident that I’ll be there or thereabouts when it comes to getting on the podium, but the way my previous races had gone in Minsk, I just didn’t know what was going to happen. Thankfully the Final was the perfect race! I knew Max was the one I needed to stick with, so going into the last lap, once I was on his back-wheel I knew the Gold medal was mine!
The atmosphere in Minsk was great too – it had been a little subdued when we last raced there four years ago for the European Championships, but this time round it was great. The first major meet after an Olympic Games is always quite a tense affair. Those that didn’t perform as they would have liked in London were out to prove they still have what it takes, and those that did medal in London want to show that it wasn’t a fluke and that they can sustain their performance.
Next up – I’m off to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen to collect my OBE. Last time I met her I was really nervous!