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"I was being encouraged to get on a
bike with no brakes and a fixed gear,
and ride it around a wooden
velodrome which banked between 44-
48 degrees - it seemed like a stupid
"I hopped on the bike anyway to
give it a try and realised it was the
biggest adrenalin rush, I was hooked
and now I'm riding at speeds of almost
80 kilometres an hour.
"It was a matter of only minutes
before I knew it was the sport for me.
"Within two weeks I had quit
running and six months later I had
won the junior world medal."
It was not all smooth cycling for
Kaarle, who said the transition from
junior to senior ranks was challenging.
"That's when I realised how much
of my sport," she said.
"Success in this sport is largely about
time on the bike and training history.
Having only started the sport at 17, I
was well behind most of my
opponents who had started cycling
when they were 12 or 13 years old.
"I was well aware that more training
and more time spent on the bike was
the key to becoming a better rider so I
trained as much as possible."
Kaarle said that for about two years
she felt like she was not making
enough ground, but that time "taught
me to have patience".
would pay off.
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