The cyclocross season finished less than a month ago, but it feels like a year or more. In the last three weeks I have covered my first ever women’s cycling races and it’s been quite an adventure so far, although there have been a few flops – more on that in another post. I want to write, briefly, about the first World Cup race: the Ronde van Drenthe.
After not achieving much at the Strade Bianche, I was adamant about not messing up the Ronde. I prepared meticulously yesterday and it payed off handsomely. I brought my bike with me and I recced the course on it. While it was a rather painful four hour ride, two of which I spent in a headwind, it allowed me to see the course from the perfect angle. I marked interesting sections on my Garmin and as soon as I got back to the house, I made a detailed plan. Apart form the famed Vamberg, I found three more spots that I wanted to cover on race day.
My plan was ambitious and I knew that the schedule would be tight, so I needed some luck to make all of the planned spots. Luck came in the form of a stiff headwind for the ladies peloton, which slowed significantly and enabled me to get to all of my spots comfortably ahead of time.
Below you can enjoy my favourite photos from the race – but if you want a complete experience, head over to Cyclingtips Ella, where you can see a different edit of my photos and Jessi Braverman’s great writing.