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Helena Valley cyclist Emma Smith, 11, set a flying 200 record at the WA Junior State Track Titles. Picture: STEVE LLOYD

Helena Valley cyclist sets flying 200 record

TEEN cyclist Emma Smith of Helena Valley won two gold and two silver medals in events at the WA Junior State Track Titles held at the Midvale SpeedDome in January.

The 11-year-old also set a record in the flying 200 with a time of 15.452 sec (average speed of 46.7km/h) with the previous record being 15.7 sec, which was set in 2004.

Smith, who rides for the Midland Cycling Club, started on the track in early 2013 when she was eight-years-old and has been riding and competing since.

She has also been involved in road races including criterium events and longer road races such as the Pemberton Classic (35km road race through the hills of Pemberton) in which she finished second last year by the narrowest of margins in a sprint finish (0.36 of a second).

She won gold medals in the standing start 250m time trial and the 1.5km scratch race.

The silver medals were for the match sprint and 1km individual pursuit.

Last year she set a goal to break the flying 200 record and set about working on not only her speed but also technique to ensure that she gave it her best.

Four times a week she trains with the Midland Cycling Club including a Monday night session taken by Western Australian Institute of Sport coaches.

The sessions focus on a variety of aspects including fitness, technique and skills.

In the lead up to the championships she trained for up to five hours on a Saturday working with her sprint coach Chris Pratley in the morning and HO2Max cycling coaches Shaun Hodges and Amanda O’Conner in the afternoon.

While she enjoys both road and track riding she prefers the track with her favourite event being sprint events because of the speed and although they are short there is a lot of technique involved to get a good time.

Smith is now training for the Pemberton Classic criterium to be held on March 5-6.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. The best part of her job was meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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