Katie H, Year 12, competed in The British Cycling National Track Championships at Manchester velodrome over the weekend.
She was racing in the 4km Team Pursuit (16 laps) competing against some of the top senior riders in the country including Dame Sarah Storey and the GB Team squad. on the photos you can find Katie, riding orange bike.
Her team, Racing Chance Foundation finished in 7th position with a time of 5.08 and an average speed of 29.04 mph – which was a really excellent result for a junior team.
AGGS students were honoured to listen to a talk from Laura and Jason Kenny, Olympic cycling champions, who have 10 Olympic gold medals between them. Students were selected randomly from each form and special invites were given to senior sports women and those who have representational honours or reached national finals last academic year.
Laura and Jason talked about how they started cycling, their passion for the sport, their favourite places to compete and their training regimes. They were an inspiration to all of our students not just those interested in sports, as they talked about the need to give new things a try and work hard in whatever it is you are doing so as to improve and be the best that you can be. They have released an autobiography ‘The Inside Track’ which they kindly donated a signed copy of to the school. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions, have photographs and get autographs; it was an amazing afternoon and we were delighted to be chosen to meet them!
Katie’s cycling is progressing very well at the moment. She is due to visit MIHP again this month for the next round of physiological testing, the results of which will help focus her winter training.
Katie has also joined the RacingChance Foundation Academy and will be racing at regional/national level. This will provide an ideal platform/experience prior to competitions at professional competitions both in the UK and abroad.
Katie is planning to take a year out next year, between ‘A’ levels and university to train and race in Spain, France and Belgium.
Wow!!!! Perhaps we have another Laura Trott in our midst.
Year 12 student, Katie H, has won the GHS National Schools Championship 10 mile Time Trial, which was held on Saturday 10th September at Dunnington, Warwickshire. This is a Cycling Time Trials (CTT) annual event and is named ‘GHS’ after a key patron of the CTT who was influential in expanding the time trials. Katie’s amazing winning course time of 24m 33s at an incredible average speed of 24.44mph secured her ‘GHS Manchester and District Schoolgirl 10mile Time Trial champion!’
Katie currently trains/races at Manchester Velodrome representing Sportcity Velo. She also races for a road team Racing Chance Foundation (http://racingchancefoundation.com/) and next year will be competing nationally in Junior age category.
She has been competing nationally for the past 5 years on both track and road (circuits) and has been invited to attend numerous British Cycling ‘Regional/National School of Racing’ training days.
Finally, Katie has just received her first set of lab test results from MIHP and not surprisingly, she is physically and physiologically in excellent condition. Her lab performance/results were comparable (if not better) to most premier league footballers in terms of her endurance and aerobic capacity and she was able to produce more power (watts) on the bike than current Tour De France winner Chris Froome for a similar test (albeit for a shorter duration)!
Congratulations to Katie Helsby who has been selected to participate in Manchester’s ‘Emerging Talent Programme’. For the next two years Katie (who has taken cycling seriously for quite a while) will be receiving access to world class Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutition, Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy and Sports Psychology in order to achieve her racing ambitions as she progresses from junior to senior ranks. Katie is one of 20 emerging Manchester based athletes selected from across all sports invited to participate in this programme. The programme represents a unique partnership formed by Manchetser City Council, City Football group and Sport England and is bringing together leaders from elite sport, grass root sport, local government and world class healthcare to form Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP).
Good luck Katie. I am sure you will make the most of this great opportunity.