The promoters of the Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain promised a race to showcase women’s cycling to the world, and they certainly delivered. Coming into this race, we didn’t know what to expect from this fledgling event and we were blown away at the organization, parcours and above all the crowds and media exposure. My twitter feed was nearly all to do with the race for the whole week, and this was coming into the start of a Grand Tour for the men! I was personally looking forward to racing because my form has been really good in the… View Post

It’s the end of April and I can’t believe how fast the season is flying past me. Apologies to any regular readers for my blogging absence in the last month or so. I’ve been saving and spending every last bit of my energy with my racing, training and recovery and I think it’s now paying off. I’ve done a dozen races since my last entry so there is a lot to catch up on! After a rocky start to my European racing campaign, my legs finally started feeling good after the first few races. I had good signs in Belgium… View Post

The start to the season proper is the Spring Classics, a series of races through Belgium and Holland that conjure images of harsh weather and tight cobbled roads. It’s hard (wo)man territory and good form must be accompanied by tenacity, smarts and a bit of luck. The race to kick things off is the well known Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. It begins and finishes in one of my favourite small cities, Gent. The first half of the race is uneventful on paper, but in real life can see the end of many riders hopes with fast and big crashes. These are… View Post