On Friday we travelled from Belgium to Germany to take part in the Cologne Classic, which was also the German National Championships. The weather was fantastic when we arrived in the town of Frechen where we were staying. However on Saturday morning the change in the weather was drastic! We went from a beautiful 25 degrees to 11 degrees within 12 hours. Needless to say it was going to be a very cold and windy ITT to start off.
It was great to see so many trikes taking part, there were 16 of us. The Time Trial was a mixed class (T1/T2) and gender (Men/Women) event with factoring to be put in place. I really wasn’t sure what time I would have to do to actually win the event but as I started last of the women my goal was to try and catch all of the 5 riders in front of me. I was able to do this and I was very happy with my first hit out, but I ended up in 3rd place once the factoring was put in place. My good friends Hans-Peter Durst MT2 (GER) was 1st and Shelley Gautier WT1 (CAN) was 2nd leaving me 16 seconds behind her in 3rd. It was really good to have 3 World Champions on the podium! It was also a good learning experience to show how much farther ahead I will have to be in order to win in Rio. (I won’t have to race the men in Rio but the Women both T1 and T2 will race against one another).