HOW WAS YOUR FIRST PRO TOUR?

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT -

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!

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