Procycling - - Prologue - KN

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

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