“So far the 2019 season has been really busy for me. I’ve done my first couple of races abroad with the new team- racing in both the junior women’s Gent Wevelgem and the Healthy Ageing Tour. Racing abroad is much more aggressive and you are constantly having to fight for position. These races identified some of my weaknesses and I have been trying to improve on these. Without the CTT scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to go abroad and experience this new style of racing.
Other big races I have done include the Lincoln GP where I finished 22nd! I was really encouraged by this result, it being my first senior women’s national road race. I also took part in several rounds of the Tour Series. These were great fun and my best result was 10th at round one in Redditch, also finishing first junior. These races are flat out from the gun, right up until the finish, so you have to be on your A-game. Also, I raced the senior Southern regional road race championships, held around Salisbury, and took 3rd! I was super happy with my performance, ticking off various performance goals and being in good company on the podium.
Time trial wise, I have only done a few so far this year. I did the first round of the CTT classic Series, winning the junior girl’s category and finishing 4th in the women’s. This was on a rolling course and I enjoyed having to focus more on my pacing and be a bit more strategic, to fit in with what the course had to offer. I have also done a few open 10 mile TTs, local to me. Last weekend I rode the Hemel Hempstead 10 on the F11/10, setting a new PB of 21:48.
Moving forward, I am hoping to focus more on time trialling and will be entering a couple of the upcoming National Championships.”