A weekend of catching up with the cycling world again was good for me.
My visit at the Swedish Bike Exhibition (Svenska Cykelmässan) made me realize how far away I have been from that world for a while now, and also how much I miss it.
And even though my belly is very pointy at the moment and my legs looks like they have never seen a bike, I still feel like home when I enter that world.
Not only did I bring good memories and new contacts with me back home… My parents met up in Stockholm and will spend a week with me back home in Norway while Martin is away again. He has a two-week period of races with the Mitchelton Scott team that he is working for and won´t be back until after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen.
Nice to have some good company that can keep my mind on something else when this belly is really starting to annoy me now…
On top of that one of my absolute favorite race is also coming up. The Ronde!
I can´t help but loving that one and this year is the first year since 2006(!) that I won´t even be there.
To keep myself busy and to keep up the spirit I´m already making plans for next year:
A spring period in Belgium like usual is what we will do and I´m already looking forward to it.
I feel it is important for our “little one” to get to know the country that both me and Martin love so much. And also for me of course, to finally breath some cobble air again 🙂
Here we go again, more talk about equality…
No, I´ll spare you that this time!
Money has never been a issue for me when it comes to the sport I love.
I have always raced with my heart and the honor and satisfaction from winning a race has always been enough. If the flowers a real (non plastic or fake ones) is enough 🙂
In the “old” days fake flowers was quite common and my very first flowers that I won in a kermesse race in Belgium were plastic. Good thing was that the supporter I gave them to could save them forever.
On Sunday it´s time for the second WWT race in Drenthe and like every other race I have a nice memory from there too.
Not only did I start my career in Hoggeveen where the race has their finish.
In 2009 my husband also proposed to me just before the team presentation. To top it all I ended up winning the race. My very first World Cup win!
The cherry of the cake was the price I won that day; A vacuum cleaner!!! Oh how I love it!!! Everytime I use it I remind everyone around me (mostly Martin) how I got it and of course how good it is!
It is a true story 🙂
I wonder who will create their favorite race memory today?!
I will follow, like always!
But first I will take out my trophy from 2009 and make my house shine 🙂
First racing weekends is out of the way and one thing is for sure: I´m not dissapointed!
2018 is going to give us many good battles and I love following all the races from my sofa.
Weather conditions have been hard and I think that what I witnessed during Strade Bianche on Saturday was probably the worst I have ever seen the female peloton race in?!
To start at 9 AM in light rain with a neutral zone in a descend is harsh… Then hitting the first muddy gravel section already wet and frozen!
The two years I raced that one was also cold but no where close to this years edition.
To be honest I was happy not to be there even though I know that conditions like that was something I used to be really good at.
In both men’s and women’s race you could see riders coming in one and one. The race against themselves was probably the hardest on that day and in my opinion everyone that finished deserved a medal.
Like always it was good live broadcasting from the men´s race and even though we hope every year that it will be possible to watch the women´s too it is still not happening.
Equality is the hot topic these days, but it takes time and we need to be patient.
Looking back on all that has happened in and with the female peloton since I started my career on the higher level in 2005 the changes are massive. Teams are working more professional, riders are smarter and racing more as a team. You don´t see “unfit” girls in lycra anymore and the speed is higher. That they deserve to be live on TV too is clear!
The WWT (women’s world tour) is a step in the right direction getting closer to how the men´s peloton is working but still there is work to do.
Before when I was racing myself I didn´t really care whether it was possible to follow my race live or not but now, being a supporter myself, I totally see what everyone is complaining about.
A recap some hours after the finish it definitely not enough.
To be patient is definitly not my strongest point, so please give us more female cycling LIVE soon!