Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Madison presents Boot Out Breast Cancer Womens Cycling Team

As previously announced, shared, tweeted and retweeted over the last few days I am proud to write about my new team for 2014; Madison presents Boot Out Breast Cancer Womens Cycling Team.
Managed through the guidance of newly crowned World Masters Pursuit Champion, Barney Storey MBE, we have 9 riders who'll each bring a number of skills to the table. These skills and strengths will be put to the test individually at times, with many a strong time-trialist on the team. However they will also be tested when working alongside each other, whether it be on the road, in the middle of a town centre crit or on the boards! Piecing the jigsaw together may take a little time but the experiences ahead and the personalities forming collectedly is definitely something I look forward to. We'd all like to be at the top step of the podium at some point in our careers but there is also no greater feeling than seeing a team mate with their hands up in the air, showing off their team jersey and sponsors they owe so much to!
In regards to sponsors, myself and the team will be supported by Madison, riding Shimano equipped Ridley bikes, racing in Pearl Izumi clothing with Lazer helmets existing in the ever expanding package. Another title sponsor for the team is Boot Out Breast Cancer where we hope to promote the work of this charity with a magnificent cause. A link to the Boot Out Breast Cancer website can be found below along with websites and twitter accounts related to the team.

Please stay tuned in with my blog as in the coming months I will have more details on the team's first cycling camp together and ultimately the official team launch taking place next March. Eek! The word exciting doesn't do the above justice :))

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Tally Ho!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Done and Dusted!!

After my 7th place at the Johnson Health Tech Womens Westminster GP my feelings were of happiness, a little frustration but most of all, relief.
Experiencing a fast start and riders dropping likes flies the frustration came at the end of the race, fluffing up my final sprint, kicking up to 3rd/4th spot before leaving it too late to kick again. Doh! Jumping in a few breaks proved unsuccessful earlier on in the race so I made the decision part way through that I'd leave it to the sprint as I was a lone but monitored rider. Watching the replay on the TV made me even more aware of my mistakes, like I was watching it in slow motion, when actually the sprint won comfortably by Hannah Barnes was over in seconds! On the day, seventh was still something to be proud of but evidently my competitive mind can't help but always tick over ;)
As the minutes and hours passed by after my race in London, the emotion of relief settled in. Knowing that my final race of the season was complete, my mind and body could relax. Constant prepping, travelling, psyching up and racing takes its toll and only becomes apparent when the chance is given to step back. This is that time and being the lively, outgoing person I am, I shall embrace it. Time will be spent with my family and friends that I so often neglect through the racing season. No doubt I'll be back on the blog soon with some news that may be rather interesting :D

Laters Alligators.