HOW WAS YOUR FIRST PRO TOUR?
The Amgen Tour of California was the biggest race I have ever done. I was up against many of the best female cyclists in the world. I was extremely excited to race.
The professional peloton was very overwhelming at first but I quickly adjusted to the fast pace and really enjoyed myself, even when the going got tough - which happened a lot!
A highlight was the first stage when I broke away and bridged to a rider up the road. This gave me a lot of exposure.
Unfortunately, the end didn’t quite go to plan. It was a 3.5km circuit to be done 20 times.
On the first lap a rider in front of me went down. I went straight over my handle bars and landed on my head.
I got back up but by the time my bike was fixed I had lost a lot of time and I was pulled off the course.
Luckily I wasn’t badly hurt; just a bit of a headache, whiplash and pulled hamstring muscles. I quickly overcame my disappointment as I realised how lucky I was to race a World Tour. I have learnt so much.
Physically I am strong but I lack experience, which I will gain by doing these races. I enjoyed myself too much and I am hungry for more!