Gold medals and Janet Birkmyre go hand in hand. At this year’s UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships, she has once again shown her class by taking gold medals and world best times in various disciplines.
Gold in the 500 metre time-trial kicked off her medal haul, which she followed up by triumph in the 2000m individual pursuit, in which she broke the world best time, and then she won a third gold in the scratch race. Her only failure of the week was to only win a silver medal in the points race earlier on today! Only a silver medal! Still not bad going.
Track cycling aficionados will know that all those events are very different and to achieve what she has in all the diverse disciplines shows her immense talent. Even at the age of 46, Birkmyre is still improving and setting personal bests. And a couple of weeks ago, she beat competitors over half her age to become British National Champion in the scratch race.
To a degree, it is such a shame that she only came into competitive cycling in 2004. She has taken the Masters events by storm and her times allow her to be highly competitive in the open age competitions such as the one she won at the National Championships.
She truly is an inspirational rider. And she proves that it is never too late. If you’d like to be inspired by the likes of Janet, get a move on because the final day of competition of the UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships is tomorrow, Sunday October 14. Tickets are available on the door at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. For more information, visit www.cyclingmasters.com