There are some rides that remain etched in your memory. Sunday 25 April 2010 – the day of Liège – Bastogne – Liège.
April 1 – the day before
I’m lying on my bed after a huge dinner and the traditional team meeting.
During days like this, I always think about how hard our staff are working for us, day and night, in order to make us the best cyclists we can be the day of the race.
‘Once is enough’.
The words of an old teammate, Patricia Schwaager, (when I asked her what racing Flanders was like) echoed in my ear as I was, seemingly, going backwards on a cobbled section in my first Flanders – only last year.
Friday, October 7, 2016 – I sat down in a chair in a room with six other patients as a nurse inserted an IV drip into the top of my hand. The room was full of medical supplies and machines and seemed a far cry away from my life as a professional cyclist. This was my first chemotherapy treatment for stage IV cervical cancer.
Hello again everybody!
Maybe I have already mentioned that the reason why I really love Spring Classics is the fact that they are a beautiful mixture of focus, smartness, power, luck, twists and nothing is certain until the finish line. For the riders who’s goals are the Classics, this is a very intense and important period. Every weekend we have the chance to put on our helmet and fight to try to win these glorious and iconic races.