Ups and downs

Claire Thomas | Monday 12th May, 2014

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Since my last post, I have been busy racing in Holland and Belgium. Flat, windy Holland is not my favourite racing territory but it is good to build race fitness. Belgium, however suits me better- cobbles, hills and aggressive racing minus a little wind! Dwars door De Westhoek, should have been an ideal race to get a result, but I was just missing a little something and didnít make the front group. I was disappointed but then began looking ahead. But during the after the race, I received a call from my boyfriend to tell me he had been in a car accident and he had broken his neck and ribs. So the last 2 weeks I have not been sleeping much and looking after him. So I have just riding my bike to take my mind off things. However, bad luck comes in 3ís.. I was on a descent and happened to puncture, just before a speed bump and went over the handlebars. I got away with a little bruise on the bottom of my back but my bike frame cracked. So I have been riding my 4 year old bike. But I know myself, the legs are equally as important as a good bike so I have just got on with it. Yesterday, I decided to race a UCI 1.15 not so far from Oudenaarde, where I am based. I started the race on the attack, but couldnít get away on my own in the wind. I was a marked women, because I won this race last year. So, when an attack went, I didnít think the teams would let it stay away. But how wrong I was!! There were 2 riders up ahead and the gap went to 2 mins 30secs. So I decided I was going to jump and took a Spanish rider with me. We TTíd for 21km but still didnít catch them. On the last climb, I took off and managed a podium place. Considering the stress of the last few weeks, and no intense training, I am happy with this result. I am writing this blog on my way to the UK on the ferry from Dunkirk. I am off to London tonight and then tomorrow I go to Stoke on Trent for the Tour Series. I am getting a new frame today thanks to Mauro, my DS from Velosport Pasta Montegrappa and Phil Dempsey from Aprire Bikes. Wish me luck!


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