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 itís 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 Bravermanís great writing.