Healthy Ageing Tour - GB Debut
Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2018
With the first half of the race season now completed I thought I would begin by sharing my experiences and results via my blog and what better way to start than with my GB debut.
Back in April I was asked to guest for the GB junior Women's academy at the UCI Nations Cup race 'Healthy Ageing Tour' in Holland. With less than 48 hours notice I found myself sitting in a service station car park waiting for the GB mini bus to arrive, this would be my first road race of the season so not ideal preparation going into a UCI stage race but it was certainly an opportunity not to be missed.
We travelled down to Calais via the channel tunnel and then onto Holland where we had a couple of spare days before the tour started, this allowed us to do some course recces.
The tour consisted of two 80km road races and a 60km city centre crit which featured a cobbled section.
Day 1 was fast, I was slightly held up by a late crash but pleased to finish in the main bunch and on the same finishing time as the race leader. I finished 34th out of 150 starters.
Day 2 was eventful with a crash in the first 1km of the race. This caused a split in the main bunch and unfortunately I was caught up behind it. I chased my way onto the 2nd group but I ended up loosing a fair amount of time on the general classification.
I felt strong on the final stage, the Crit race. It was super fast, I even did a late attack but unfortunately it did not come to anything. I finished in the main bunch.
Overall I found my first GB debut a great experience, I feel I have learnt a lot from the whole experience which I'm sure will become useful in future races. I finished 59th out of 150 riders.