So that’s a wrap…. 2014 season is over and I couldn’t be happier with how it ended. In early September I was selected in the 6 member team for Australia and Saturday raced the World Championships. Our team leader Tiffany Cromwell had a brilliant and patient ride to sprint to her best ever World Champs result of 5th. I had full belief in Tiff’s form and potential leading in to the race and was committed to my support role. I had a great race especially in the final two laps attacking and covering moves to allow my teammate prescious conservation for the final.
On Saturday I’m proud to say we were incredibly close to putting rainbow stripes on a green and gold jersey.
It didn’t happen but what people saw in the race gave them faith and confidence in Aussie Women’s cycling and what we’re capible of doing together on the world stage.
The influx of measages and accolades has been overwhelming. With more people understanding the art of bike racing it’s an incredible feeling to have the pride of a nation at your back even without standing on a podium.
Looking at my season, whilst a podium this year would have been quite nice, having perspective and honouring the process behind every action or arrival is paramount. Where did I come from and what did I manage to pay with the hand I was delt.
More often than not that’s the first race to win and the one that matters most. Coming up when you’re down, rising to a challenge, beating the odds.
It’s no secret that my cycling career has been interesting, eventful and at most times simulating a wild rollercoaster ride. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed to the inertia but this I was determined to use the gut wrenching disappointment of last years horrible injury run, this year’s car hit and subsequent misfortune to my advantage. Learn from it, accept the uncontrollables, embrace the journey and be better. I think the simple formula may have worked.
I came into the August race block with only 13 race days since September 2013 but knew that if I out everything in to this intense 20 day race block I could come out well. I took opportunities and worked for those of my teammates. I was 10th and 12th in stages at Route de France, 5th overall at Trophee D’or, 4th in ITT there and at Tour L’Ardeche.
I stayed grounded and fixed on the goals of pivotal August / September racing, making team selection and importantly not arriving at that point but being ruthlessly focussed on ultimately performing at Worlds.
My incredible support base is a powerful fuel. While battling the twists and turns of the past two years I’ve had relentless support from many who inherently believe in my ability, courage and strength. From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every one of you.
Time for rest and refuel with family and friends in Australia before jumping right back on that upward rising curve!
image thanks to BreakThrough Media