W M 3 PRO CYCLING
I ’m writing from the Ladies Tour of Norway. It’s the third time I’ve raced here and I love it. It’s such a beautiful country, especially when the weather is fine like it is now; you can really admire the view of the lakes and mountains.
Time here is short and I won’t have a chance to nip over to Bergen to check out the World Championships course. But I’m not too worried about that. I’ve learned from experience that you can know every metre of the course and then it actually almost becomes a disadvantage because you’re always thinking about the next corner or hill or whatever and not focusing on what’s happening around you. I’ll go to Bergen five or six days before the race. It’ll be more than enough time. Still, what I’ve heard is that the course is perhaps harder than people think. A few of the riders went to check the course after Crescent Vårgårda and they said everyone was expecting the course to be quite easy, but actually it’s pretty hard. From the top of the last climb it’s 7km to the finish but it’s kind of technical and the roads are rolling, so there’s no recovery when the pace is high.
Anyway, the big news for me in the last week is that I will be riding for Canyon- Sram next year. I’m really excited because it will be another huge step for me in my career. I’ve only ever ridden for this team since I turned pro, so I’ve only gained experience with the same riders and worked with the same sports directors. I’m keen to try out a different environment and be inspired and motivated by other people. When I started speaking with Ronny Lauke, the team manager, I just knew it was the place for me and there would only be one choice if I left WM3. They’re well organised, work well as a team and I think it’ll be easy to fit in with them. I’ll miss my current team a lot. It’s been really good to me but they understand that things change and so there are no hard feelings. I’m really happy about that. And anyway, with the deal done it means I can now focus on racing this year and there’s still a lot for me to go at. Here’s to making the end of the season a success.
Kasia enjoyed her last outing in Norway before the World Championships in the national tour