For many skaters January is a month when there is not much action, but for Nicole Begg its been full on. So whats one of our MPC stars up to in a month, so here goes.
January 1st to 3rd N.Z. Championships road Mt. Wellington Go cart track Auckland.
1st 200 T/T, 500, 1,000, 5,000 pts senior.
1st 10,000 pts, 20,000 Elim & 5,000 relay open ladies.
Photo Timaru Based South Canterbury Roller Skating Club, winning ladies 5,000 road relay team, left to right Emily van den Heyden Junior Girls road champion, Nicole Begg & Marie Christin Kuepper a new speedskater.
4th to 8th January ASB stadium Auckland 100 meter indoor
1st senior ladies 300T/T, 800, 1,500 & 3,000
1st Open ladies 5,000, 2nd 1,200 pairs relay.
Photo N.Z. Marathon start levels raceway Winners Nicole & Peter far right, also the 11th & last stage of the ” Tour of Timaru “
18th to 22nd January ” Tour of Timaru ” 1st all 10 stages in ladies A grade including, T/T, flying 500, 1,000 pursuit, Steeplechase, Points race, Elimination race.
23rd January 1st N.Z. Ladies Marathon championships.
26th 4th A grade mens 18 km scatch cycle race Levels.
27th 2nd Fastest time mens Cycling open trophy race 24 km St. Andrews, missed fastest time by a half wheel off 8 mins handicap mark, break 9 mins & scratch 9 1/2 mins.
Nicole in midweek road race at levels in 2009 racing the men in regular mid week races
29th Waimate Multiple sports carnival Cycle Track off scatch with Brett McCormack giving away big handicaps, won the 800 meters & 5,000 points races.
30th Waimate Multi sports carnival Road. within 4 hours won the following.
First 10,000 open mens & ladies road race.
Second 20 km B Grade Criterium Men & women
Third Duathlon, Run 1,500 bike 20 mins run 3 km 1st in ladies, 3rd overall with men.
While fellow X-TECH MPC star Peter Michael is in Colombia training & competing for 10 weeks Nicole will be involved in 2 or 3 short fast & hard midweek cycle races with new training partner Samantha Michael & a 50 or 60 km Saturday race, with a longer 100 km midweek ride.
Nicole will be heavilly involved with coaching the Timaru club skaters, with Emily van der Heyden, Dahna Penty & Analiese Le Roy in the N.Z. Junior team for the Oceania Champs.
Then the N.Z. Bank track championships in Hastings 5th & 6th March, next major skating competition. Possibly mid March or early April an X-TECH coaching & promotion trip to Singapore & Indonesia.
While the WIC calender is not finalized & many big date clashes in Europe, are making it difficult to define the competitions. Also its unknown if other nations will attend the Oceania champs in Australia, if not then the competition would not be in her best interests.
The new big Valencia WIC event, may well be her first European event 17th April, but the May the 29th Incheon WIC event will be another major race for her.