Two riders of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team will be starting at the World Track Championships this week. A month after Christine Majerus took fourth at the World Cyclocross Championships in the Netherlands, our team’s home country hosts the World Championship in track cycling as well. Amy Pieters and Amalie Dideriksen will be there to represent their countries, the Netherlands and Denmark respectively.
Pieters takes to the start of the madison, held on Saturday night, together with track partner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5), while Dideriksen is gearing up for three events. She enters the madison with Trine Schmidt (Team Virtu Women) and rides the scratch and omnium as well. In preparation for Track Worlds, Dideriksen spent a couple of weeks with the Danish track team in South-Africa.
“I was with the track team two years ago and again this year,” Dideriksen explained. “I really enjoy being with them on training camps and it gives me a good preparation for Track Worlds – but also for the spring races on the road. We stayed in South-Africa and were able to train in shorts and a t-shirt, which makes it a lot easier to get in some good quality training. It wouldn’t be possible for me to do the same kind of rides in Denmark in minus degrees.”
“The World Track Championships are a big goal of mine, so I hope my hard training will show,” said Dideriksen. “’Now we only have a few short trainings left, and I am starting to get nervous and excited!”
The fact that the World Championships are held in the Netherlands was the main reason for Pieters to try her luck on the track again this winter. "Plus, they introduced the madison for women and I really like the discipline," said Pieters. "With the World Championships on home turf this year, I decided to take the opportunity to try track racing again and see where I stand internationally. I really enjoyed the couple of international races I did and decided to fully focus on the World Championship madison race."
Dideriksen’s goal this week is clear. “I am dreaming of getting a World Championship medal.”
“I got on a World Cup podium twice this track season,” Dideriksen said. “I have never been on the podium in an elite World Track Championships event, but I dream of doing it this year, and if everything goes right, I think I am capable to.”
For Pieters, the goals are set a little further in the future. "Eventually, I'd like to try and qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo," Pieters explained. "I don't have any expectations for the upcoming World Championships, I did everything I could to be as prepared as I can be and I think I'm in a good shape. I think it will be pretty special, since the event is completely sold out and there will be a lot of familiar faces in the audience for me."
After the World Track Championships, Dideriksen and Pieters will rejoin the team for the spring races. Dideriksen doesn’t expect that the transition back to the road will cause any problems for her. “With the way my coach and I have structured my training, I think the transition will be fine,” Dideriksen said. “Even though track races are shorter than road races, I have done a lot of endurance training, and in combination with the speed from the track, I think it will be good.”
The scratch race is held on the opening night of the World Track Championships on Wednesday 28 February. There is no racing for the Boels-Dolmans riders on Thursday, while all omnium races will be held on Friday March 2. The madison, with both Dideriksen and Pieters, is on Saturday night. More information about the event can be found on wkbaanapeldoorn.nl.