My 2017/18 season was filled with a mixture of results but a lot of lessons learnt and some more international experiences. Being 20 years old and racing in the elite women’s race is tough, it takes a rider a few years to find there feet and to start seeing the results they want. I am still trying to find my feet. However, going out the Belgium is always time well spent. Being able to race along side the best riders in the world is always amazing. This year I was lucky enough to have the support from the Jack Bloor fund to be able to help me fund 2 trips out to Belgium. One trip in October to race in the heat of Zonhoven. A classic sand dunes race, a bit of a shock to the system for someone who loves the cold and mud! But nevertheless it was a great experience. I didn’t have a great race having some bike problems and a crash first lap which left me fighting the sand the rest of the race. I learnt a lot from that race, no1 I need to go find sand in Yorkshire and ride in it until I am no longer filled with fear, no2 that you learn more about yourself as a person and bike rider from the tough days, and finally no3 riding with a broken gear lever isn’t great! My second trip was over the Christmas holidays. I had some good results that weekend. A muddy field with steep banks and long straights of thick mud make me feel like I was at a Yorkshire points race! I loved it. After a solid start I worked my way through the field from 22nd first lap to finish 13th. I finally felt like I found my good legs.
A huge thank you to the Jack Bloor fund which helped me make both trips possible. Another season has finished and training has started again to take what I learnt and improve on them for next year.