Michaela Drummond is enjoying the feeling of her first international omnium triumph after winning the Fastest Woman on Wheels event in Pennsylvania.  RoadCycling got to catch up with the two-time national omnium champ to reflect on her victorious rides at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

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RC:  First of all a great job done, winning your first international omnium event at Fastest Woman on Wheels. How are you feeling coming away with the win?

Michaela:  It feels amazing! I have won the New Zealand elite omnium title twice, but I hadn’t won an international omnium and it has really been a goal of mine to get an international win. It was the first time I had raced in the New Zealand Champions jersey so to win in that is very special to me and honoured I could bring home the win wearing it. There was a really strong field racing including Allison Beveridge who has won the omnium at World Cups and raced at the Olympics, so I come away with a lot of confidence with how I am racing and know I am competitive against some of the best in the world.

RC:  Tell us about how the omnium unfolded for you in each of the events.

Michaela:  It started off well in the scratch race taking fifth. There was a bit of a mix up with the laps and I got the win only to have them call another lap so I had to sprint again. Next was the tempo where I took seventh, which wasn’t the best result but not too bad. On a 333m lap there it’s less laps than we normally have on a 250m track meaning fewer chances to pick up points.

I had a good elimination taking third and this left me third on 96 points and 16 points off first ahead of the points race. I knew what I needed to do in points and was to be able to pick up points across the sprints. With the leader not scoring it came down to Beveridge and myself fighting it out. Ahead of the last sprint I was leading by two points so knew I just had to finish ahead of her. I sprinted to second with Beveridge behind me so I knew I had it and the feeling crossing the line was very special.

RC:  At this point in the year what is this point in the campaign about for you and what are you targeting in training and racing?

Michaela:  Every time I race, I want to win. I had just finished up a month and a half block of racing criteriums and I knew I had good legs so I have been targeting these races.  They allow us to get some hard competitive racing in the legs as we start our preparation for the 2019/20 track season.  Every time you race you learn something and it allows me to test myself and try things to help me improve as a rider.

These races are also important in earning UCI points to ensure both myself and New Zealand qualify to race the omnium at World Cups later in the year so getting results in these events is very important for the women’s endurance team.

RC:  Where do you head from here and what does your race schedule look like?

Michaela:  I have another race here in T-Town on Friday which has a points race and scratch race and then I head to Europe to join the rest of the women’s endurance team for a training camp and more racing on the track in Ireland and Switzerland throughout July.

Photo: Guy Swarbrick

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