Eileen Roe wins again!
Wednesday, 1st August, 2012
, second in the recent British National Circuit championship, is back in Holland, terrorising our chums over the other side of the North Sea. Clearly in a great run of form, here's Eileen's lastest race report and the sort of pic we all like to see!
"I traveled to my first Pro Tour crit
of this year at Surhuisterveen, a 60km
race of 46 laps on a twisty fast course with a good amount on clinkers and
cobbles - including the finishing straight. Yet again another race in the
rain which I'm not complaining about as racing in the rain seems to go
well for me but this summer has been the worst year in Europe so far!
It was going to be an aggressive race with a good field on the
start line including Jarmila Machacova
from Czech Republic with World Cup wins
and a World championship medal to her name from track racing.
I wasn't sure how the legs were going to fare as I was feeling rather
tired from the racing programme so far but knowing Peter Sagan was
turning up for the men's race in the evening it wasn't one I was going
Surprisingly I was up there in the primes and was able to go
with attacks but with 10 laps left to go and no breaks gaining no more
than 10 seconds it was looking like it was heading for a bunch sprint.
last lap Dolman's team were doing a lead out train and I managed to get
myself in behind the train with two corners to go.
The last corner
proved to be the most slippery and crucial corner of the whole course
where a crash had already taken place on. With 300-400m from that corner
to the finishing straight, I was in the perfect position for a third place
finish. However with two Dolman riders left from the lead out only a
couple of bike lengths in front I was gaining on them and they hadn't
looked behind yet. So I jumped down the left hand
side close to the
barriers and was able to get my hands in the air before the finish
line by a couple of bike lengths. A good day at the office - and another
bunch of flowers!"