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  Jacob Schmid ready for next step at World Championships after Oceania and Australian titles  
  February 11th 2015  
  The 2012 UCI Junior Track World Championships in New Zealand were dominated by Australia, with Jacob Schmid a big part of it in his first appearance on the world stage. Schmid did the sprint double claiming gold in both the sprint and keirin and silver in the team sprint.

Schmid's performance shot him to attention of track cycling fans as the next big thing. After a steady progression finding his feet in 2013 Schmid was ready to step up in 2014. Step up he did. A season of racing across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and Great Britain allowed Schmid so show his potential.

Podium appearances at the Japan Track Cup in both the sprint and keirin in July put Schmid on a good path heading in to the start of the 2014/15 track season. "The key for me was really getting a lot of races in this season," said Schmid. "It is by far the most racing I've done in one season, and has helped me progress a little quicker as well I think."

Ahead of the Oceania Championships Schmid returned to New Zealand the location of his first big success. A win in the sprint at the BikeNZ Cup and second at the BikeNZ Classic. "It really gave me a lot of belief in myself that I was at that level and deserved to go to bigger and better things."

A maiden Oceania title followed three weeks later in the keirin, as well as fourth place in the sprint set Schmid up well heading in to the first two World Cup's in Guadalajara and Mexico. Schmid's 2014 season and an Australian keirin title added at the end of January have earned him selection for the Track World Championships in Paris next week.

PelotonWatch: Junior World Champion in both the sprint and keirin in 2012. Looking back what does it mean to you?

Jacob Schmid: It still means a lot to me. The whole trip, all the racing and the friendships made along the way all make it such a great memory.

PW: Moving from the junior to senior ranks is often difficult. How did you find stepping up and what was the most challenging part?

JS: It's often said that sometimes you go back in the senior ranks before you go forward. I think for me it has been all of a gradual progression. The most difficult part is probably actually adapting to the different tactics, especially at the world level with that depth of competition.

PW: 2014 saw you step up with consistent podium finishes in sprint and keirin across UCI events in Australia, Japan and New Zealand. What do you think was behind your success in 2014?

JS: I think again that was just a gradual progression. The year before I was getting for lots of fourths and fifths. So just another season in the gym and hard work on the track takes you to that next level.

PW: You won the sprint at the BikeNZ Cup in October last year. Your first win in the elite ranks a big confidence boost?

JS: Definitely, to be able to take the win there was great, and to be able to qualify in a 9.9 was amazing too.

PW: A few weeks later you claimed the Oceania keirin title what did that result mean to you?

JS: It gave me a fair bit of confidence and pride to take that title. It was a very deep field so to be able to come out on top there was a top notch result for me.

PW: Now you have added the Australian keirin title. Your first elite national title and to do it in front of a home crowd must have made it even more special?

JS: Yes being in front of my home crowd, first national title, was a great experience that I'll definitely never forget. The crowd was so loud and passionate, and watching Jack's hour record attempt that night as well really hyped everyone up. Was a great atmosphere.

PW: You have had success in both but keirin or sprint, which is your favourite?

JS: That's actually a really tough question, but I'd probably have to say the sprint is. Just racing different opponents 1v1 all day. It makes it much more specifically tactical, that's what appeals to me.

PW: Selected for your first Senior Track World Championships. How did you feel when you first heard the news?

JS: I was pretty reserved in my actual reaction when Gary West told me. But on the inside I was pretty ecstatic, but also nervous as this will be definitely the biggest competition of my life to date.

PW: What are you hoping to come back from the World Championships having done?

JS: To be honest I don't have a specific goal in mind, being my first world champs and all. So I'm going to try to concentrate on my execution of every single race as well as I can. If I can come out of the world champs and honestly be able to say I gave it my all, well then I'll be happy.

Jacob Schmid starts his flying 200m sprint qualifying at the Austral Carnival.
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