Today was the team’s first race in a full set of new kit. It’s a similar design to last year, but a lot better and we love it!! Thanks Wildoo ☺
Stage 1 was a relatively short 55km road race and we were very lucky with the weather. Last year the weather was horrible and started raining as soon as we lined up for the start. We rolled out a bit early with some confusion in the neutralized zone as we had left riders behind. One girl had to sprint from race HQ to catch the bunch as we left 5 mins early. Perhaps not such a bad thing to get the legs warned up but ‘neutralised’ was a heady 23mph and 18mph up the rise! We were all well positioned up the front of the bunch; after the crash on lap 1 last year we were a bit wiser to the course and knew what to look out for.
Epic Scott and Pearl Izumi Sports Tours had a strong through-and-off going at the front of the bunch, trying to keep the pace high and thin out the bunch a bit. Laps 2 and 3 were the sprint laps and Louise did really well and won one of them after coming off Clem’s wheel when she went a bit early and placed 3rd in the other, putting her joint leader in the sprints competition. We were very lucky to have Abbie Dentus guesting for us again and she finished with a really strong sprint, to come 5th, after being held up by a crash on the last corner!! It’s her 17th birthday today so we definitely think she deserves some cake after that ☺
Thanks to Sigma Sport for lending us the very swish team car, Natalie had a big smile on her face as she drove in to race HQ ☺
At Mulebar Girl, we take our recovery very seriously and as soon as the race had ended, the foam rollers were out…