Saturday I raced a UCI race - Omloop van Borsele in Holland. It was my first race with my new club team Boretti Ulysses and my team mate from Canada- Rachel Canning- also joined us! I was really happy to see the Canadian team and some old friends and to have really good support from Frits and everyone from Boretti.
|on the dykes|
|the sunny dry start|
There were about 200 starters including many world champions - ex Giorgia Bronzini - all the top teams - Specialized, AA drink etc - and top track racers including Dani King (GB team pursuiter) who was racing on the same team as me! The race was 5 laps of 24km, so about 120km in total.
Of course the first corner there was a crash right at the front, but I managed to get around all the early crashes no problem and was pretty pumped with how I started. But somehow I started to get bogged down and followed a wrong wheel out of the last dyke and before I knew it I was out the back and on my own watching the group get further and further away from me! The follow cars started to pass me, but I was so tired from trying to get back on I could hardly make it to the back of a car and ended up latching on behind Team Canada's follow car - they were in 4th spot. I tried to move up but it was so windy that when I went to sprint past the car to the next I was barely going any faster then the car. Finally I managed to hook onto the back of the group - but knowing my luck, as soon as I did they all sprinted away and I was so dead from getting to them in the first place I got popped...again...I scrambled to get onto the commisaires car, but ended up cursing, freewheeling and giving up. UNTIL the Canadian car passed me. The womens coach yelled at me a few times and I sucked it up and by the middle of the second lap I made it back to the pack, exhausted...but back. And thats where I stayed..at the back, for the whole race. I think I was just tired and angry (it hailed and rained the rest of the race), but was among good company. I spent most of the race staring at Bronzinis butt and admiring Claras red braid haha.
|oh hey hey|
|best I get is in the background haha|
For the finish I decided to follow Bronzini to the front, but with about 2km to go I realized she was just there for a chill day out - and definitely not sprinting! So I haggled my way past as many people in the last 500m and managed to grab 42nd place. I was pretty happy with it, considering I thought my race was over in the first lap. And I was definitely super inspired seeing some idols riding next to me.
results can be found here!
Tomorrow - smaller criterium in Zaandam!