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  Annasley Park Blog: Track cycling debut at Revolution Series  
  March 5th 2016 By Annasley Park @annasleypark_1  
  Annasley Park a rising star of domestic racing joined British Cycling's Senior Academy last October. With the move in to the Academy facilitating the opportunity to train and race on the track in one of the top development pathways in the world.

After making her track debut at round two of the Revolution Series in October, Park has used the opportunities since to develop her bunch racing skills making rapid improvements in a short time.

December interview: Annasley Park looking to continue track development after joining British Cycling Academy

It's been a hectic few weeks, but I have finally got the chance to write a little bit about my experiences and thoughts of competing in the Revolution Series. As some of you may know, I am very new to the track. I have only started to ride the track properly since joining the British Cycling Women's Endurance Olympic Academy Programme last year. I have loved every part of my journey so far. Opening myself to the track has not only allowed me to set new goals and targets, but to also divert the skills learnt from the track onto the road.

All my teammates have grown up riding the track, as well as competing on the road. This was quite daunting for me, but at the same time comforting to know that I could go up to them and ask for advice. My first track race was the Revolution Series Round 2 in Manchester. I'm not going to lie, I was so nervous. I hadn't done much bunch racing and the line up had Olympic and European champions. But I had to start somewhere! I managed to stick in all the races and did a few moves. My main focus was to just get comfortable riding in the bunch and placing myself in the correct position for any dangerous moves.

I think I found the elimination and scratch elimination races the hardest. You've really got to be focused and be aware of who is around you, as well as conserving as much energy as possible. I found it hard to get over the top of the group and I would always dive down. That got me out quite a few times. However, as I became more confident in riding through the gaps and finding better wheels to ride on, I started to gain places. I think my best result was at the last Revolution, where I came fourth in the elimination.

The scratch and points races were hard, but I found that these were more suited to me. The bunch would always start off by setting quite a nice steady pace. Then, after about five laps the pace would pick up or an attack would go which would string the bunch out. The pace would yoyo, which gave me chance to either do an attack myself and hope someone came with me or wait for someone to go and try and gain a lap with them. I never managed to quite gain a lap, but I was very close. When a break away did get close to gaining a lap, the crowds would roar and shout at the riders with encouragement. You don't really hear it when you're racing, as you are in your own little bubble (I am anyway). However, when you are in your pen resting and watching the other races, you really get to soak up the atmosphere and noise.

Overall, I am really happy with my first season of Revolution Series and can't wait to hopefully do them again. I can take some of the skills I have learnt from the track and now take it into my road season. I am very excited to get back on the tarmac, but I will still be training on the track as we still have gaols on the track further down the line this season.
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