So the Australian Road Nationals are done for another year,
This year I decided to contest all three national championship events with different goals for each one. First up with the National Crit title. After only one day to freshen up from the four day Bay crits series I was on the start line for the 5th time for 2015. I was pumped but relaxed. The course int he centre of Ballarat can offer an exciting race however with a limited number of teams in the race I wasn’t expecting an overly aggressive race.
I felt great and was sitting pretty until about the half way mark where I crashed quite hard on the top corner. I lost my front wheel in what appeared to be an oil patch on further inspection. This could have put me out of the race, however it had the opposite effect and I got fired up. I nearly immediately attacked across to an established break of 5 before it was reeled in before getting into possibly the ‘break of the day’ with Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) and Ruth Corset (total-rush). I thought this would stick and I was committed to driving it forward in the dwindling laps. However without much assistance from the other girls the break was reeled in a 1.5laps to. Carlee Taylor made a bold last lap flyer but it wasn’t to be and we had to sprint for the medals. I was happy to finish with a bronze however I was very frustrated at the lack of cohesion in the break and the negative nature of the majority of the riders.
National ITT was up the next day. My goal in this race was to improve my time trialling ability. I didn’t really expect anything here but want to work on becoming a well rounded bike rider and I know this requires work. Surprising myself and probably others I was int he bronze medal position at the half way mark before struggling with my pacing on the way home and having a ‘bonk’ moment on a challenging climb. I finished a average 13th. There is work to be done here however it was very encouraging to be in the mix for part of the race!
National Road Race. This is something I have thought about for a long time. I really want that jersey. After being close last year I was determined to race well and give myself that chance. knowing I have a good finish on me I was confident to wait and let the race unfold and hang on and use my sprint at the end for a good result. I was feeling strong and fresh and coming into 2 laps to go, surprisingly fresh. Over the top of the second last climb Peta Mullins and Rach Neylan sort of snuck off the front. I remember thinking Greenedge will chase this, I don’t need to, just wait. This was a mistake. Peta and Rach stayed away to the end. On the last climb I found myself right at the pointy end and even threw down a big attack in the final part of the climb. With a small group over the climb the girls looked at each other and no one would commit to ride. I wasn’t going to drag them back into the race and at this point the race was done. In the closing 500m our small group was caught by about 15 girls and I finished 9th overall.
A very disappointing result after 2nd last year and with the feeling I had on the day. However I am very proud to have made it back to the competitive level only 3 months after major surgery and after only 6 weeks on the bike. I am pumped for the next block of races and for the 2015 season!
Thanks to Kelvin and Tegan for all their help all week, without their support I wouldn’t have achieved anything close to these performances. Thanks to Brad Mcgee my coach and NSWIS’s support. Thanks to my mum for being a mum and looking after me and to my dad for watching me race for 10 days on the road! Thanks to my cousin and manger Henry for his support and belief in me to get back to this level so quickly.
Thanks to my sponsors Leicht’s Tyres and Auto and to Rydges Port Macquarie! I love representing my local businesses around Australia!