To say that Kaia Schmid had a successful outing in her very first international competition would be an understatement – winning one gold (and a new shirt), one silver and one bronze medal in the Junior World Track Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
Her first race on the velodrome in Cairo was the scratch race in which she finished fourth. Texting with her after she was disappointed with just missing out on a medal but also encouraged because now she understood that she could compete at this level.
And then came the elimination race the next day….BOOM! Kaia had a plan, executed the plan and won the rainbow stripes.
The third day of competition was the omnium which consisted of a scratch race, an elimination, a tempo race and a points race to finish. The overall title came down to the very last sprint in the very last race and she was beaten into the silver medal position by a very strong Russian Rider.
Her last event was the individual points race in which she completed her medal collection with third place and the bronze.
She will now head to Ireland to race the Junior Women’s Tour of Ireland with her LUX teammates before heading to The Road World Championships in Belgium – another race that she has a legitimate shot at a medal.