Being the last major race for the season I wanted to end it on a good note. As I had been beaten by Jill Walsh USA at the World Championships in Switzerland I decided I had to ride this race a bit different. Never one for being very good at tactics I really had to go home and think about how I would race at this event. I also wanted to do some of the 1% of things that would make me faster.
One of these things was learning to take corners better. I spent 2 hours with a friend of mine, Kym, who races cars and also races as a triathlete and he was able to impart to me how to read corners better and be able to take them at speed. It was probably the best 2 hours I have ever spent in my cycling career to date. The information I came away with was so valuable. Although I can’t say that I am an expert at cornering just yet, I can say that I have improved immensely and I was able to put all that info to good use today.
The leaders of the World Cup Series and the World Champions were called to the line first, so I slotted in behind them. This was so different for me as I usually like to take off but I sat in the pack for the first lap of the course. This gave me a chance to see what the road surface was like as we hadn’t been able to ride the course before the race.
It was an extremely slow start to the race for the entire first lap and then with about a lap and a half to go I made a move on a left corner into a climb, really working the climb. After about 150m I looked back to see who had come with me and I was on my own. So from there it was about building my lead but making sure I was taking the corners safely.
Overall it was a great course with some little climbs and some good downhills which suited me perfectly! So I have finished the major racing season the way I wanted it to be. I will now take a couple of weeks off the trike, give my body a bit of a break and then really kick into training for one of the biggest years of my cycling career…getting ready for Rio!
A huge thank you to Liv Cycling Australia for all your support with my trike and equipment, the Victorian Institute of Sport staff Ben Willey (gym coach), Nick Owen (Sports Science) and Kylie Andrew (nutrition), Rebecca DiCello (my coach), St Kilda Cycling Club and all the ladies I ride with there, Peter Day and all his staff on the Australian Para Cycling team, Kym De Britt and Clare Giddens my cycling buddies, family and friends and my husband Russ. Without all these people I wouldn’t be able to do what I do or to be as successful as I have been. It is an incredible team around me and I hope to do all of you proud in the following year!
Results for the Aussie’s today:
Carol Cooke 1st – T2 women, Bianca Woolford 2nd – T1 women, Stuart Tripp 3rd – H5 men, Nigel Barley 6th – H4 men