Avila goes for big goals in Calì
“Road cycling made me stronger”
In the 2013 season, Edwin Avila emerged as one of Team Colombia’s most promising and interesting athletes. With his peculiar and funny personality, the 24-year-old joined the team after scoring big results on track, most notably the Points Race World Championship in Apeldoorn in 2011.
In view of the Track Worlds to be staged in his own Country and home town – Calì – from February 26th to March 2nd, Kalimeno has been training intensely with teammate and countryman Juan Esteban Arango, and looks forward to get things underway.
“After the Tour de San Luis, we started the training camp for the World Championship at Las Palmas, in the Eastern part of the Antioquia region”, Avila said. “We have been focusing on the Team Pursuit to improve our understanding. The training went out to plan, I have good feelings and I feel capable to go for a good results in the Points race as well”.
Avila’s race programme will start in the morning of the opening day (February 26th) with the Team Pursuit qualification round, to hopefully continue in the night in case the Colombian quartet earns the opportunity to go for a medal. After a rest day, Team Colombia rider will participate in the Points Race (February 28th) before closing with the Madison (March 2nd).
Awaiting the first day of competition, the home fans are supporting their heroes: “For me it is a great satisfaction to be back racing with my Country’s jersey in an event organized here, in the city where I was born. There is nothing more motivating for us than to hear the cheering of our fans and read their messages. In addition, my family will also be in Calì for the Worlds.”
Edwin is back on track after a year of road cycling in Europe. Last year, he was able to participate at the Giro d’Italia: such experiences helped him grow as an athlete, particularly in endurance and attention to detail.
“I think a year of hard work in road cycling has given me a lot in view of this event, particularly in terms of endurance”, Avila explained. – “European races are very tough and the level is really high, and getting back to track cycling being after handling all of this, and with everything I have learned, gives me additional confidence”.
The Colombian rider immediately got a feeling for Calì’s velodrome: “The track is very nice, I didn’t remember the straights were so long. The only peculiarity is that in the evening, wind blows pretty hard on the straight opposite to the finish line. This makes things a little more difficult in the race”.
Although they have been in South America for several weeks now, Avila and Arango have been following and supporting their fellow Team Colombia teammates, riding the first races of the European season.
“We are constantly after the team’s activity. They are doing pretty well, standing out in the breakaways day in and day out, winning the climbers’ jersey with Pantano at Tour Mediteraneen, taking 10th with Rubiano at the Tour du Haut Var… It is an encouraging start, and hopefully we will break the ice with the first success soon.”
Team Colombia send Edwin Avila, Juan Esteban Arango and the riders of the Colombian Track National Team their best wishes for an extremely successful World Championships campaign.