Training camps set to boost Perry

LAUNCESTON'S reigning individual pursuit UCI junior track world champion Lauren Perry said two training camps before this year's championships would aid her desire to win more gold.

Lauren Perry

Lauren Perry

The nation's 10 best  young cyclists have been training in Launceston since Monday  in preparation for the 2014 event in Seoul, South Korea, during August.

The 10-day camp is one of two, with the second to be held in Western Australia in the near future.

Perry, 18, is joined by four other girls: Devonport's Macey Stewart, Wollongong's Josie Talbot, South Australian Dani McKinnirey and WA's Alex Manly.

Prospect's James Robinson, Adelaide's Alex Porter, Perth's Sam Westford, Gawler's Callum Scotsford and the Sunshine Coast's Daniel Fitter are also taking part in the camp, which  includes track, road and gym sessions.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport head cycling coach Matthew Gilmore said the camp was used to evaluate where the athlete was now _ four months from the championships.

``The sole purpose of the national junior program is to start preparing them for senior representation,'' Gilmore said.

``It is just refining some of the detail  and then the second camp is the final preparation before we go to worlds.

``They get to travel around quite a bit as well and train on three different tracks _ Launceston, Western Australia and then Korea.''

Perry and her teammates have been practising their swing technique for the team pursuit.

Perry said she was aware of the expectation that rested on her shoulders and was not getting too far ahead of herself.

``I am confident going in from last year but I don't want to be overconfident because I know anything can happen at a world championships and people can come from anywhere and do amazing things,'' she said.

``Going in as a world champion from the year before, I feel like there is a fair bit of expectation to perform again, so a goal of mine is not to let that get to me.

nts``We go through a couple of trials towards the end of the camp which is similar to race day, so we find out what happens to us under pressure.''

``For me another top five would be great and a medal would be the icing on the cake.''

The camp finishes on Thursday before the athletes compete in the three-day Mersey Valley Tour from May 2.


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