KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Cycling coach John Beasley said his chargers will have no breaks en route to the Commonweatlh Games in April and Asian Games in August next year.
The Australian said the national riders are also on course for the Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) in Nilai and World Championships in Holland in February.
He added that plans are in position, with notably Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa now on a rising curve.
“Fatehah and Azizul are right where I want them at this stage. I’m very pleased on my chargers’ performances at the first two world cup series in Poland and Manchester last weekend.
“It’s not the time that we need to be going fast, so our training block is very different. Europe and the Americas are focused on the world cups with no other major games next year.
“Some have just one games, (but) Malaysia has two games, as we are expected to perform really well at the Commonwealth and Asian Games which is a difficult thing to do,” said Beasley when contacted in Melbourne.
“My athletes will not get even a small break until post-World Championships 2019 because we have to be ready for ACC in February, World Championships a week later, April for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games in August and then straight to the 2019 World Cups, Asian Championships and World Championships that are the beginning of the Olympic qualification for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. So that’s why we can’t be going fast now as we are doing a lot of base work first,” he stressed.
Beasley was also quick to give Fatehah the thumbs-up.
“Fatehah is in the best shape I have seen in about five years, so I am very excited with her progress. Fatehah would have won a medal in the keirin if not for the crash in Manchester.
“Azizulhasni had that really hard crash a week before and raced unbelievably well for the stage of his preparation and we rode to a plan that did not suit our style but he did a great job and we learned plenty from the two competitions. So Fatehah and Azizul are right where I want them at this stage.
“The young riders have been smashing in the gym and on the track. I have to whip them into shape for 2019 and 2020 and it will take that long to get ready — physically, tactically and mentally,” Beasley said.