Truman sets sights high for 2015

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Cycling sensation Joe Truman has already set his sights high for 2015 after smashing his targets for this year.

It has been a breakthrough season for the teenager, after he picked up two national junior titles and competed for Great Britain in the European Junior Championships.

The Petersfield talent also made it to his first senior national championships in September following his impressive displays earlier in the year.

Truman said: ‘My goals at the start of the year were to get selected for the European Championships and win two national titles.

‘My target was to beat 11 seconds in the 200m sprint and I got 10.6seconds. In the kilometre, my target was to go sub-1.07 and I went 1.05.

‘I’ve met all my goals, so it was a successful year for me.

‘Next year I would love to be European junior champion and get a medal at the World Championships, if I’m selected.

‘I also want to get 10.3seconds in the 200m time-trial.’

Truman won gold in the keirin and the sprint at the National Youth & Junior Track Championships and came third in the time-trial.

In July, he rode in the European Junior & Under-23 Track Championships in Portugal and came fifth in the sprint.

It was his first major international competition and a significant milestone for the youngster.

‘It was a proud moment getting the GB skin suit to race in,’ said Truman.

‘It’s great when you’re on the start line and you know you’re part of British Cycling.

‘We’re all reaping the benefits of what others have done.

‘It was a great experience to race and be part of a bigger squad and to race against riders I’d never heard of.

‘The Europeans was a good gauge for the level that the World Championship will be next year.

‘It allows you to gauge where you are.’

The 17-year-old also competed in his first senior national championships and came close to a personal best.

‘Considering it was in the off-season, I was pleased with my performance,’ he said.

Truman has certainly benefitted from being on British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme this term, which gives the country’s best emerging talents expert coaching and guidance.

Athletes go on training camps for two or three nights every month, either in Newport or Manchester, to hone their skills and prepare for competitions.

There are three sprint cyclists on the programme with Truman.

He said: ‘As a sprinter, I get a cycling coach and a strength and conditioning coach.

‘We also work with the English Institute of Sport, have workshops on nutrition, diet, drugs, lifestyle and performance.

‘It’s very focused on organisation and preparing us for when we try to become a pro.

‘This year was my first year doing gym training so it’s been really useful to have a coach as I’ve been able to strengthen my leg muscles.’

‘Talking through tactics has been good. I’ve had a lot more exposure to it all,’ added Truman.

‘For example, before the Europeans, I could talk through the race tactics and then look back at the performance and see where I can get better.’

The rising star wants to emulate Olympic champion Jason Kenny and has already established key targets for next year.

Truman said: ‘I mainly look up to Jason. He took the same path that I want to follow – he was on the development programme and the academy.’

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