WESTFIELD, NJ – Her daily title might be Supervisor of Social Studies for the Westfield School District, but her goals extend beyond the classroom and on to the race track. Andrea Brennan is set to compete this October in this year’s Masters World Track Championships in cycling. Brennan and her two teammates, Jeanette Williams and Gwen Afton, will race in the Team Pursuit event on October 10 in Los Angeles, California.
“This is the first time it’s been in the US for at least eight years,” said Brennan about the World Track Championships. “That’s why we as a team decided to take the opportunity to see how competitive we are on the world stage.”
The team last competed in the Team Pursuit in a national cycling event in Rock Hill, South Carolina on July 2, where they took home the national title.
The cycling trio does not often have an opportunity to train together but instead relies on each individual’s training discipline.
“We try to practice together at least three times before a big race like the nationals,” Brennan said.
Brennan is coached by her husband, who started racing while he was a student at Rutgers.
“He kept encouraging me to give it a try," Brennan said. She admited that she was always riding a bike but was not really interested in the competitive side of organized cycling until she joined a local women’s race team.
The Team Pursuit is raced on an indoor track and success relies heavily on a team’s strategy. There are two teams on the track at once during the 2K race.
“You’re racing against a clock and also against a team,” Brennan said. “Apparently there is a lot of technique to riding a fast race on that track.”
Brennan is most excited about racing on a new track and is looking forward to racing with her teammates again.
“If you ever see the races, they are not boring at all, you will see everything as a spectator — all the moves and the strategy,” she said.
While there will be a lot of international competition at the event, Brennan said the goal isn’t necessarily to win.
“My approach to the race is that I want to be competitive,” she said.