A YOUNG Alicante cyclist’s dream of riding for the national Spanish track team has come true, just a year after competing at junior level in the same competition.
Amongst the national cycling squad leaving Spain for the World track championships in Hong Kong later in the month, was Alejandro Martinez, 18, from San Vicente de Raspeig.
Martinez joined team mates, Vicente Garcia de Mateos, Sebastián Mora, Eloy Teruel and Albert Torres, and the sprinters Helena Casas, Tania Calvo, José Moreno and Juan Peralta competing in the finals which take place from April 12 to 16. Other recently qualified cyclists, Gloria Rodríguez and Ana Usabiaga will join the squad on April 9.
Speaking to the press before boarding the plane, the excited teenager said ” This will be the most anticipated moment of the year for me.” He added ” last year I fulfilled the dream of playing a World Cup in Switzerland in the junior category and now I am a week away in the full category. ”
He learnt the news at a training camp in Mallorca. He said he was looking forward to the event, hoping to learn a lot and ”savour this unique moment”.
Only last week, Martinez became the Spanish track champion at the Anoeta Velodrome in San Sebastian. Minutes before setting off for Hong Kong, he said, “I was very excited because a year ago I won as a junior and now I was able to repeat the victory in my first campaign as an elite cyclist “