I’m sitting at a small cafe in Amstelveen, about 8k from Amsterdam and not far from the airport and it’s giving me time to reflect on the 2nd World Cup that I raced over the last 2 days.
I certainly can’t be unhappy with a Gold and a Silver, but I do have take aways from both races good and bad. I have always believed that you have to find a positive in everything you attempt, but you also have to look at what you can work on…there is never a perfect race!
My Time Trial was a good win with a margin of 35 seconds to 2nd place and my new position on the trike is feeling much better. But I did mess up a few corners so I’ll be spending some time working on those!
The Road Race didn’t quite go to plan. But after looking at my data, my power throughout the race was better than the TT. Believe that this had a lot to do with the fact that we raced with the men. This makes our women’s race redundant as we just race the men’s race and I don’t believe this is good at all. Yes we went the fastest that we have ever gone but we raced the tactics of the men with a male riding the entire race with us (he just also happened to be a team member of my main competitor!). There is no doubt they worked together and had a strategy they were going to put into place. That’s fine, it’s allowed, after all we started with the men and kept up with the fastest group for quite a bit of the race but again this was their race, not ours!
In the end I worked out what I believed their tactics would be and I countered it however Jill got me going into the last corner and out sprinted me to the line. So the positive was the speed and power I was able to hold and I’ll have to do a bit more work on my sprinting ability in the next 4 weeks.
My next races are the important ones, World Championships, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my sprinting together to take that number 1 position!
Photo credit at top: Brett Florens
A huge thanks to @ParaSportNL for putting together an amazing weekend of racing!