Monique Brake has won a national cycling title in the Hokitika Age Group Road National Championships, winning gold in the masters time trial race.
Monique’s main cycling passion is mountain biking but after having an accident on a downhill run earlier in the year where she suffered multiple fractures, she changed her focus to road cycling.
“After the injury I needed a new focus for a wee while, I like to have something to focus on and it was suggested to me I might be good at time trialling,” she said.
Monique started training for the race in March with help from a Christchurch-based coach.
She had another setback getting covid just three weeks before the nationals.
“It wasn’t ideal going into the race, Monique said. “I didn’t know what to expect, because it was the first proper time trial I have done.”
Although this style of racing is new to Monique her natural ability and power behind the pedals ensured a strong finish, winning the 25.5km time trial with a time of 39 minutes and 8 seconds.
She also took out second place in the 97km women’s masters road race.
Monique is still enthusiastic about mountain biking “It’s the excitement and the technical side of mountain biking I love and for the down hill you have to be brave and I really like that.
“But I’ve started to really love road riding racing, the rush of the racing.”
Next Monique would like to give track cycling a go and have a good lead into next years nationals.
-By Daniel Tobin