Earlier this summer, we caught up with a talented young woman who’s not only studying for her A-levels but who is also training hard in the Junior road and track division. Lauren Dolan comes back to TWC with her Junior Racing Diaries to update us on her progression throughout July and what it’s really like to be a young budding racer.
Words by Lauren Dolan
For the majority of the past few weeks I have found myself either staring out the window of a car or plane on a seemingly endless journey to my next destination (of which is usually another velodrome) or actually on the boards with the GB Junior Academy; my forearms in the skis (Time Trial handlebars) and my focus fixated on the wheel only centimetres ahead of mine.
I have spent a lot of time away from both home and school on various training camps or competitions in preparation for the European Junior and U23 Track Championships which start next week on the 18th July; kicking off Day 1 with the Team Pursuit Qualification. The first camp of our final preparations was based in Manchester. Coming from the south, it’s a slight trek, to say the least.
Being a rider on the junior academy, travel takes up a significant part of our life. Only a few of the girls are based within the vicinity of Manchester’s velodrome; so for most of us, we have to spend the day before camp travelling to get there. For me, the same applies for any camp, at any velodrome; I’m a million miles from anywhere!