Past weekend Trine Schmidt won two gold medals at the European Track Championships in Berlin! Trine conquered those European titles in the points race and scratch. Together with Amalie Dideriksen she got fourth in the madison and in the elimination Trine finished sixth. Next month Trine will come to Belgium for the Lotto Six Day Flanders-Ghent (14 – 19 November), where the women’s events take place from Thursday till Sunday.

Trine Schmidt: “It feels amazing to be a double European champion. That’s why I started cycling again last year, but I still can’t believe that this happened to me now already. The European Championships were definitely one of my main goals this year. When I left for Berlin it was my hope to come home with at least one medal, be it gold, silver or bronze. It was a complete surprise that I returned home with two gold ones.”

“In the points race it was my intention to take laps on the other riders, I wanted to make the race hard. I really had good legs that day, it felt like I could continue forever. Of course it was hard, but when I saw the bunch wasn’t following me it gave me a boost. I had a super day. It was a very special moment when I received the European jersey and the gold medal and the national anthem was played.”

“Thanks to this gold medal I was more relaxed to start the scratch race, because I had reached my goal. At one point three girls had taken off, that wasn’t according to plan. I then took control and bridged to the front within two laps and we caught the bunch. Afterwards I made sure I rode at the front and I won the sprint at the end. When you’re in a good shape, everything is easier.”

“Amalie Dideriksen and I really wanted to do well in the madison. In the end we came close to bronze, but we finished fourth. A medal would have been great, but we are satisfied with this result, considering the lack of preparation and experience in this discipline. I want to further focus on the track and I hope to ride the madison at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Now I have a two-week break and then I start to build up again. My next race will be the Six Day in Ghent, where I will probably ride the omnium and madison. I hope to set a good performance there too.”

After five years off the bike Trine started racing again in 2016. This year she covered a full season as one of the Lotto Soudal Ladies. In July she got fourth in the prologue of the BeNe Ladies Tour and in September she finished eighth in the first stage of the Lotto Belgium Tour after a long breakaway. That day she was awarded the prize for most combative rider. Next year Trine joins Team Virtu Cycling.

Trine Schmidt: “I have made progress all year. The Spring Classics were really hard for me at the time, because the level is so high. There are a lot more girls at the top now then a few years ago. You can’t make a comeback and expect to mingle in the battle right from the start. It was a tough time, but it also taught me a lot about what I had to work on. I also learnt that I had to be patient. By the summer I was in a good shape. I wanted to do well at the BeNe Ladies Tour. It started well, but unfortunately there was a bug going around in the team and I had to abandon the race. I also wanted to ride a good Lotto Belgium Tour, but I had a mechanical in the prologue. I had some bad luck at moments that I wanted to strive for a goal, but generally I can be happy about the progress I made this year. I had a nice year in the team. I couldn’t have had a better start of my second cycling career.”