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Sam Harrison season so far...

Thought I better give you all an update on what’s been going on in the past months since I haven’t blogged since about June, Sorry! I’ve been pretty busy and a lot has happened since my last update. Most of all after a season of 2nds and 3rds I managed to finally get a win and put my arms in the air.


Junior Track Worlds

Most recently I spent a week getting real nervous, riding round in loads of circles and sitting inside for 7 hours a day, yep that’s right it was a track race. The Junior Track Worlds took place in Montichiari, Italy last week. After doing a stupid amount of miles of team pursuiting that was the main goal for the week but I was also riding the individual pursuit and the omnium.

First event up and it was the Individual, after having done a huge amount of individual efforts running up to the event (one), I had no clue as to what gear to ride or what schedule but me and the coach decided on 96 and a 3 20 schedule. Qualifying went well and after a fast start I hung on to do a 3:17.9 which was a national record and 6 seconds faster than id done before, but it only qualified me in 4th! The final wasn’t so good and I blew my doors to finish up with a 3:23 and finish in 4th place.

Team Pursuit

Next up was the Team Pursuit with Dan Mclay Man 1, then me, then Simon Yates, then Owain Doull. After a massive amateur wobble from Owain Doull hitting 5 pads while doing so (this must be a record!), we finished a bit sketchy to say the least but qualified fastest by 0.2 seconds with a 4:09. Nervous was a massive understatement while describing the feeling on the start line of the final and a false start didn’t help either. But we got going and into a pretty quick rhythm, just a slot slower than the Aussies!!  Finishing absolutely empty we posted a 4:08 which was a lot slower than the Aussies awesome 4:05, another national record seemed little consolation at the time but looking back we couldn’t of given much more!


So onto the 3rd day of racing and I was getting ready for an Epic Omnium consisting of a flying lap, points race and an elimination on the first day followed by and Individual pursuit, scratch and Kilo on the second (along with about a million roller warm ups!). The flying lap went ok and I wobbled round to 7th place. The Points race followed and winning one sprint and a 2nd in another was enough to get me 3rd placing me 2nd overall at the time. However next up was the devil (elimination), and yes thanks to the UCI there is now a devil in the Omnium at the worlds! Hammering away on the front for as long as I could I managed to limit my losses to get 7th and stay 2nd overall however it was close behind me with 10th place only being 5 points behind! Feeling pretty tired on the last day of racing I rode to a 3:21 in the pursuit placing me 4th with those behind me getting closer and closer to knocking me off the podium! So the pressure was on in the scratch. Marking most of the moves with 5 to go it was still all together and it was carnage! With Turks and Kazaks bouncing round the track I somehow managed to get to 5th wheel with a lap to go and sprint around to take 3rd but more importantly gain a few points on those behind me.

The Leader was a huge 10 points clear of me but it was still all to play for as I only had a 3 point lead on the Aussie and 5 on the German and with the kilo being the last event it was all or nothing. To make things worse as I was sat in the chair ready getting ready to go the Aussie and the German went out to go 1st and 2nd with only me and the leader to go, so it meant one slip up and all the stress over the past 2 days would come down to no medal (so there wasn’t much pressure). After wobbling away with nervs as the clock ticked down I finally got away and reamed myself for 4 laps, looking up and seeing I had got 2nd with a 1:03.9 was a massive relieve and it made the 2nd place overall in the Omnium feel like a win.

Anyway my first win came in a Kermesse in Belgium when I won a 2 up sprint after a flat and windy 100k race (as shown in the picture), this was followed by a 2nd in a different flat and windy Kermesse. Just a few days before this I rode my new Planet X Stealth Pro Carbon TT bike in my club ten to test my form and did a 19:50 just 5 seconds of the club record posted by none other than Magnus Backstedt. A few weeks before the worlds I got another 3rd in a national series road race sprinting from a small group to get 3rd (as shown in the pic).

So its been a pretty busy few months and its only gunna get busier with the junior nationals next week, then Tour of Wales, then a stage race in Italy, then senior track nationals and then commonwealth games so theres no time for rest! Oh and iv got my a level results in 2 day (Oh dear).

7 September 2010


  • JonB (Planet X Team)

    Hi Loui. You may find it easier to change your sprocket for a smaller size rather than using a larger chain ring- it will certainly be cheaper. If you do want to change the chainring you'll need a 5 arm 144mm bcd track chainring (Google it!)

  • Loui

    I bought also a track bike with planet x.Im very glad with it but there is one little problem. The chainset you set on my bike (On-One External Bearing Track Crankset) doesn`t had the right chainring,i needed one with 50t.I asked my dealer from belgium where i could buy such a chainring,but he said they dont sell it in Belgium,he couldn`t help me. I was wondering,can i order the right chainring or are there chainrings from other brands that fit on my chainset?I tryed miche but that doesn`t fit so good...

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