Jennings beats the pain
“Pain is temporary, but winning lasts forever”.
Marking her attack as she sped around the track on a bike without brakes, Taylah Jennings made the strategic move. But as she overlapped she crashed into the attacking cyclist instead and skidded across the track.
The last thing anyone expected was that the 15-year-old – who said it was the worst crash she had come through – would then go on to claim eight first places despite all the bandaged wounds she was sporting at the time.
Monday was the first night of the three-day Summer of Cycling Series in Brisbane and the Rockhampton cyclist, who had already claimed the 10-lap scratch race, surprised all when she recovered from her fall in the combined under-17 and under-19 women’s three-lap derby.
“I marked an attack, but then the attacking rider swung to the fence and I got caught overlapping and down I went,” Jennings recalled yesterday.
“(I had) nasty abrasions everywhere and was unable to continue racing. I wasn’t sure whether I would even be able to compete for the remaining nights of the series due to the pain everywhere.”
But on Tuesday, when she rode her next final, under-17 women’s 15-lap scratch race, she took back control of the series and not only claimed first in that race, but also in the under-17 women’s 15-lap points race, three-lap handicap, three-lap sprint, 10-lap progressive points race, three-lap handicap and 15-lap motor paced scratch race.
“Despite my crash on the first night, I am so excited and proud to have won all of my races I competed in regardless,” Jennings said.
Jennings said after she crashed she kept in mind her coach’s, Ken “Reggie” Tucker, inspirational maxim: “Pain is temporary, but winning lasts forever”.
The recent wins – and her success at the Townsville Cup on Wheels – have put her in a good position with the state titles approaching at the end of this month, which she hopes to then qualify for nationals.
“I have to keep focused and continue to race well in preparation for nationals, this year in Melbourne in March – plus it will also be my last year as a junior,” she said.
Jennings said she wants to follow in Rockhampton’s most successful cyclist, Anna Meares, and trains more than eight times a week to reach that goal.
The next race Jennings will compete in is the CQU Rockhampton Cup on wheels, January 15-16, followed by the Cycling Queensland Junior Track