Sunday was a special day in Paris! We were granted a race by the ASO, the Tour de France. One of the largest sporting events world wide. It was an incredible day and everything I had dreamed of.
It was not just a bike race but a huge and unique opportunity to show a global audience a womens bike race at the highest level. I was primed mentally and physically and had a great day on the bike being active in many critical moves during the race and a solo breakaway attempt with three laps to go, second to World Champs 2012 all round one of the best days on my bike ever. The feeling of having crowds behind you on the streets via social media and viewing at home was humbling and uplifting, an incredibly proud feeling. It adds a special element, foreign, but shouldnt be. It brings what we do to the peoole who love cycling, love sport, love big dreams, love seeing the world change / progress for the better and ultimately those wanting to show their little girls equally what one day they can do too.
Thank you to Cycling Australia and my team mates along side me for the opportunity to race in the green and gold. To be recognised and cheered on by roadside fans along the Champs was a memorable moment. Thank you to Marianne Vos, Kathryn, Bertyne, Chrissie Wellington and Emma Pooley. Four women who less than 12 months ago put together a movement for change and proposed a women’s race at the TDF. Thank you to the global media who have enjoyed capturing not only the race but the significance of the event, change and progress in our sport. Finally thank you to the UCI and the ASO / Le Tour for the green light. I imagine we put on a showcase you are proud of and this is now a small but pivotal step to bigger and better things!
Posted with love from Rach…