Another World Cup done and more valuable experience in the memory bank. My GP Ciudad de Valladolid World Cup this past Sunday did not work out as planned! I finished 27th, 1.08min down on the winner Marianne Vos.
The race consisted of a 90km big lap, followed by five 6.6km local laps in the city of Valladolid, Spain. The big lap was relatively uneventful, but coming into the local lap with two very short, steep climbs, technical corners and a long uphill drag to the finish line; there was no doubt things were going to heat up!
In the last 12km of the race, I experienced two upsets. The first relatively minor; I got caught up behind a crash taking favourites Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and Nicole Cooke down on the steepest climb of the penultimate local lap. I lost some distance on the bunch, but managed to get back with the help of Marianne Vos. Things seemed to be back on track until, on the last u-turn bend entering the final uphill drag to the finish line, my back wheel slid out and I found myself hitting the tar. It all happened very quickly!
The exact cause of my crash, I can not say; bad luck, tension as a result of my previous incident, lapse of concentration or pressure? I am not sure, but what I am sure of is that I am making progress. Although the results might not show it, I am getting closer and closer to a great result.
On a positive note, I had a great race. I felt strong and confident. My confidence and skills in the bunch have improved drastically in the last year. I held good position in the bunch throughout the race and coming into the local laps, I was feeling great.
I am disappointed of course, another World Cup that did not work out as planned! Patience, focus and timing is everything! Up and onward I go!
My next race is Durango Durango Emakumeen Saria (1.2, Spain) starting at 3pm this afternoon.