Eileen on a Roll

Monday, 23rd June, 2014

Coming off the back of her wins (and overall win) in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Eileen Roe nipped actoss the North sea to Holland to profit from her fine form. In her own words, here's the story of a great weekend of racing which bodes well for the 2014 National Road race championship...

The break in the first race went very early on in a 60km race of a circuit of 47 laps (much longer than the UK crit racing scene). A break of three (the podium finishers) went up the road and another two riders joined us Kirsten Wild (liv shimano) and Monique van de Ree (Park hotel Valkenburg). They were all UCI team riders, which basically turned this into the winning move.
It was classed as a 'professional' criterium in Holland, meaning riders with contracts can race against club teams. The Liv Shimano team played all the perfect cards with three riders in the break. The attacks were constant into the last four laps, leaving myself to chase them one after one. 
The winner finally rode away from the group and I had to settle for trying my luck in a bunch sprint against the best sprinters in the world. Monique played her get out of jail card too soon before the last corner before the long 300m straight into the headwind finish and the Liv Giant riders were all over her. I made my jump from the back of the "group" with 150m to go and made my way onto a podium. Super happy! 

1Julia SoekLiv Shimano uci
2Eileen RoeStarley Primal
3Lucy GarnerLiv Shimano uci
4Kirsten WildLiv Shimano uci
5Monique van de ReeParkhotel Valkenburg UCI

Race two: 
Today's 70km race was a club race meaning riders with contracts are not allowed to participate. This was on a tight club racing circuit of a 1.2km of 53 laps. This was an aggressive race and after 43 laps a break of nine riders was established including myself. Riders tried to escape with 10 laps showing & attacks kept going until two laps to go. Again it was a long finishing straight of 300m with a tail wind. It was a long sprint from the last corner which suited my legs today (being a bit tired from last nights race!) and I won the bunch sprint & another bunch of flowers. Two podiums out of two races - I couldn't have asked for more.
2Winanda SpoorAPELDOORN
3Simone van der StarNIEUWKOOP

And, as if that wasn't enough, Eileen threw herself back into the fire and up against the World's best women's road team, Liv Rabobank in her third race in Holland. 
"With this being my second last race before I go home, I had hopes of having all podium finishes in my last four crits but I knew it was going to be tough - I believed it was possible. 
As with the previous races, a similar pattern unfolded in today's race. I got in a break of five riders which, once again, contained three Liv Shimano riders. 
We lapped the remaining of the bunch bar two that had escaped. Into the last 10 laps these girls attacked and attacked till one of them got away. Next came another string of attacks and the eventual winner attacked whilst the lapped riders rode past our group to sprint for a finishing position and sling shot herself across to the lone leader and both stayed away to the finish. 
I knew I had a massive task of having Lucy Garner to try and beat in a sprint finish...this didn't happen and I ended up with a fourth place. Am I disappointed? I'd be lying if I said no, however being out numbered against UCI teams who work amazingly well together is a very hard task."


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