Hi everyone and welcome to my first ever monthly Cycleplan blog! My aim with these blogs is to give a little insight into my world as a professional cyclist.
I know many of you are serious road riders so it’s great to get the opportunity to share with you my experiences and hopefully it gives you a flavour of what it’s all about.
Lizzie Armitstead – The day job
I’m currently competing in the UCI Women Road World Cup which this year has seen the series play host to venues in Europe, China and the USA. Overall it’s all gone pretty well and going into the most recent round last weekend, I was leading the standings.
Last week I travelled up to Sweden straight after my trip to Rio – more on that later. The first race was a team time trial and we came third overall in that, a result I was really pleased with as we were only 29 seconds off the winner which against the context of us missing one of our key riders, is a great result.
For the main race on the Sunday, the team wanted to really go out there aggressively as we don’t have an out and out sprinter. This approach was working but come the final corner when I was in a decent position, a rider crashed in front of me and I basically had to stop and with it, I lost all my momentum for the finish.
This meant I ended up finishing 19th while my main rival Anna Van Der Breggen cruised through to take a much better result. Although the final race of the series is next weekend, there’s not much I can do because with the way the points work, if I win I get 120 and second place gets 100.
So you can guess how far ahead of me in the points Anna is – 21! This means even if I win, her coming second will see the spoils go her way, so it’s going to be tough but I’m going to give it everything and hope for the best.
Olympics and Rio 2016
Before going off to Sweden I took a trip to Rio basically as a reconnaissance mission ahead of next year’s Olympics. The plan was to make sure nothing’s a shock or unexpected for when I turn up next year – so even from the start it was about knowing how my body would feel after a long haul flight, how long my legs will take to recover and so forth.
Everything was all to plan and on target so I was really happy I did it – especially since the food was really good there! I’m a vegetarian so I’m always a little nervous about being able to eat in a new city but it was great choice wise and my body was completely fine with the temperature there, so roll on 2016.
After this coming weekend’s final UCI Women Road World Cup event, the GP Plouay-Bretagne, I’m going to train hard at home in Nice and then travel out to Richmond in the US. Why?
Well, at the end of September it’s the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, so I’ll be going out there and hoping for a top result as it’s one of the biggest events of the calendar. More on that next time!
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