Oban cyclist Rachel hand picked for national sprint programme

Rachel Carre

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A 16-year-old cyclist from Oban is celebrating after making it into the national track sprint programme.

A member of North Argyll Cycle Club, Rachel Carre was delighted with her success and told The Oban Times: ‘Scottish cycling put an advert out for new talent to join its sprint performance programme. I applied online and I was selected to go to the Velodrome in Glasgow to be assessed.

‘Throughout that day, we got our six seconds max power tested on a watt bike and did some strength tests including handgrips and squat jumps. Using rollers, we were tested on how quickly we could adapt to the bike and the velodrome. At the end, we had to complete one lap of the velodrome as quickly as we could from a standing start.

‘Scottish cycling then invited people to train for the national track sprint group. This involves monthly training sessions at the velodrome.

‘I had my first one in June where we practised alongside the commonwealth team, including Jack Carlin, an Olympic medallist. We practiced drafting/chain ganging, sprints from standing and cycling as fast as we could behind the motorbike.’