Monday, 29 April 2013

Cheshire Classic

Lou Mahe was my absolute hero of the hour yesterday.  What a fantastic team mate and what a great result for a great girl who is on the up and up this season.  Since riding at such a high level as a junior, Lou is most definitely on the comeback since she whispered last year about taking cycling more seriously again.

Lou never fails to make me smile and her puling alongside me on the M42 in a traffic jam on the way 'oop north then sneaking away wasn’t the only time she showed us a clean pair of heels over the weekend.  Her attack at the Cheshire Classic was one of the first of the day and she held an admirable gap of 24 seconds for what seemed like a very long time.

With only two of us MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport in the field against more epically sized squad of eight for Breast Cancer Care, we were always going to have to be canny and we tried just that.  Keeping at the head of the action we were in a most of the attacks and alongside coming 8th, Lou was in a break of about six at the start of the final lap which had all the makings of staying clear.  Unfortunately it was reeled in, so I countered with a long attack before the finish line and dangled alone ahead for a while, hoping that I would be left out there until the finish.  Eventual winner, Karla Boddy’s teammates had different ideas and before the final left hander to the finish line climb I was back in the bunch shouting encouragement to Lou.  Her uphill sprint to 8th (she apparently hates hills?!) is a sure sign of things to come.

It’s a pleasure to be her teamie and I’m looking forward to next year when we’ll hopefully have more riders in white, blue, gold and pink by our side.

Love Natalie xxx

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