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Paine's no plain Jayne!

PUBLISHED: 17:19 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

Jayne Paine

Jayne Paine

By Ian Cooper CHAMPION cyclist Jayne Paine completed a hat-trick of medals at the British Masters this month, and is now lining up a shot at European glory. The Willesden Cycling Club star won three medals at the British Masters Track Cycling championship

By Ian Cooper

CHAMPION cyclist Jayne Paine completed a hat-trick of medals at the British Masters this month, and is now lining up a shot at European glory.

The Willesden Cycling Club star won three medals at the British Masters Track Cycling championships in Newport, grabbing gold in the 10km points race in the 40-44 category.

Paine, who lives in Ladbroke Grove, also added a silver medal in the 10km scratch and bronze in the 2km pursuit - and her next target is the European Masters, which take place in Manchester at the end of this month.

The Willesden rider claimed the scalp of former World Masters champion Janet Birkmyer at Newport and admitted: "She's been my nemesis and I'm in awe of her, so to beat her was good.

"To be honest, the standard at the Masters wasn't as high as I expected, but I'm amazed to have got this far - I would never have thought this time last year that I would be going in for the nationals.

"I don't really know what to aim for - just keeping up with Janet, I suppose!

"It would be fantastic to get a medal at the European Masters, and after that I suppose there's the World Masters. I really should stop racing the oldies and start racing the younger cyclists!"

Paine is a recent convert to the sport - she only took up competitive cycling in 2007, a year after joining Willesden to aid her recovery from a skiing accident.

She recalled: "I tore some ligaments, and part of my recovery was physio, so I joined Willesden Cycling Club. It's got a bit of a reputation as an old people's club, but I don't think that's the case.

"I've always cycled, and I've always tried to cycle as quickly as I can, so I thought I might be ok at it. But I hadn't even done a race on the track - I'd only done some time trials, a few road races and some training.

"And I got into racing inadvertently last September. One of our coaches was doing his level three track coaching qualification and wanted someone to train.

"I jumped up and down with my arms in the air shouting 'me, me' and it went from there. Now every single day is training - I cycle to work, some days I do sprint training and others are spent recovering!"

Paine may also ride in the team pursuit at the national championships, which take place in October.

She is also competing in the ongoing women's Omnium event and this week finished fifth at Welwyn with a victory in the scratch race, second place in the pursuit, fifth in the points, seventh in the 500m time trial and eighth in the sprints.


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