2015.09.08 - News reporter
Quick update before my final race of the season (save the World Championships, of course). As I wrote a bit more than a week ago, Plouay was my last race with ORICA-AIS. This week I did a bit of solo racing here in Belgium with a 60-kilometre criterium on Monday and back-to-back kermesse races over the weekend.
Although the racing is only at the national level, itâ€™s exactly what I needed. When I do bigger races, my job is to save energy wherever I can. At the races this week, my job was to ride as hard as I could â€“ to get the most out of the training opportunity. The wins I got in the end were a bonus but they werenâ€™t necessarily the reason I was racing.
It felt a bit old school and back to the basics in the best possible way. All my supporters were there on Sunday. They walked a lap, and I could hear them every time I rode by. I got the flowers at the finish, and we went out to dinner in the evening. It was the perfect day.
Itâ€™s been a really great week. The weather has been crappy, which has meant all I do is train and hole up at home. Itâ€™s the best preparation for the last important races that are coming up.
Now Iâ€™m with the Swedish National Team for the Lotto Belisol Tour. The idea is that weâ€™ve got all the girls that are racing in Richmond together for one last opportunity to prepare. We have a strong team, and I know weâ€™re excited to have a crack at a few stages. I saw the start list, and itâ€™s a bit different than usual. There are a lot of national teams, and the peloton is smaller. Still there are a lot of strong riders here, and I expect the competition to be fierce.
The team is motivated, and Iâ€™m really happy to be in the thick of it with them. I donâ€™t often have the chance to race with other Swedes. Itâ€™s nice to talk Swedish around the dinner table and yell across the peloton in Swedish because no one can understand you. I look forward to that.
I’m looking forward to it all.
Name: Emma Karolina Johansson.
Born: 23 Sep 1983, Sollefteå, Sweden.
Team: Wiggle High5
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