Falkirk cyclist Ishbel Taromsari clinches her first major title

Falkirk cyclist Ishbel Taromsari (centre) on the podium at the British National Masters Track Championship.
Falkirk cyclist Ishbel Taromsari (centre) on the podium at the British National Masters Track Championship.
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Falkirk sprint cyclist Ishbel Taromsari has won her first major title after winning gold in the British National Masters Track Championship.

The 31-year-old travelled to the event at the Newport velodrome in south Wales hoping to gain some valuable experience in what was her first major UK competition - but ended up walking with a gold medal in the sprint event last Friday, and adding a silver medal the following day in the 500m time trial.

Taromsari rides for the Pedal Power race team, and is sponsored by The Wheelsmith in Larbert and Central Refractories in Falkirk, where she also works.

She told Heraldsport she delighted to have done so well, given the experience of some of the other competitors.

“This is a very special win for me as I wasn’t on form so I chose to train right through and not peak for this competition,” she said.

“I’m a firm believer that you are only as good as you are on your worse day.

“I had just assumed I was going into this, my first major competition, for the experience. But going into the final, I knew I really wanted to beat Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jenny Davis.

“As well as getting a gold medal, winning meant I got a national jersey to wear at my races for the rest of this year to show that I am a 
British champion.”

Heraldsport last spoke to Taromsari -who used to cycle endurance races before switching to the track after she was spotted by chance by a coach at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome - in April after she won the Rollapaluza National Series, a cycling event based on a static bike, where the rear wheel sits on two rollers.

“It’s really tough – check out my face in the pictures, that gives you an idea of what you have to go through. It’s certainly not a pretty sport!

“More than 20,000 people enter – it’s tough but a fun sport. “The score also beat Victoria Pendleton - they say I’m the fastest woman they’ve ever had!”