TWO gold medals at the world championships.
That’s the latest haul for the Border’s masters track cycling star Jess Laws.
The Kiewa mother recently travelled to Manchester for this year’s titles and her last in the 35-39 age group at the UCI event.
Laws took the 500-metre time trial by almost half a second and then beat the Netherlands Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen in the sprint title.
In between she rode in the five-kilometre scratch race to keep her “track sharp” between her two pet events.
Laws said in some ways it was returning to where her track career first began.
“The first time I went to the world championships it was in Manchester and I remember being so nervous on the track, looking to others in the Australian team for advice,” she said.
“But this time I felt like I owned the velodrome.
“It was me offering advice to the younger girls.”
Laws set the fastest time in the flying 200 metres that sets up the seedings for the sprint match races, averaging almost 60 km/h, but was challenged in the final by a wily Dutch opponent.
“She tried everything — in the first race she did track stands, coming to a halt on the track wanting me to go past,” she said.
“Then in the second race she tried to keep me up the track and I pushed back — it meant riding shoulder to shoulder, bumping and travelling at more than 50 km/h.
“It was great racing.”
Laws’ gold medals were the first off-shore, five previous world golds coming on Australian soil.
“There was the sense that I had the advantage here in Australia,” she said.
“So to travel 24 hours on a plane and race at a track against the Europeans who were coming off their summer season was always going to be tough.
“You have so much to think about — we train on the outdoor velodrome at Lavington and then we are indoors so we have to look at options in terms of the gears we use, the wheels and even the helmet.
“And then we are drug tested after the event.”
Laws, who can face up to 14 training sessions a week, now has her sights set on next year’s event, a step up in age bracket and some world records.
She still holds the sprint mark for her current age division.
“There are a couple of world records I’m close to so that’s the new focus — along with the medals.”