Spending my life on two wheels usually involves a lot of dirt, mad descents, stupid fun and epic fails, and that’s just mountain biking. So I was keen to explore the smooth Lycra world of tarmac and endurance, and what better way to do that, than at the Aviva Women’s Tour.
The buzz of excitement has been growing at the Total Women’s Cycling offices over the past few weeks. We’ve been gripped by the race scene this year with record breaking results in downhill racing, and nail biting finishes in the road discipline.
The Aviva Women’s Tour is a 5 day epic event across the UK, covering an average of 80 miles per day. Each stage varies in difficulty with some swooping descents through stunning landscapes, and gruelling village climbs to really test every rider.
Stage 1 saw a aggressive attack from Alison Tetrick (Cyclance Pro Cycling) in the final 25km, only to be beaten to the finish line in the final few metres by Christine Majerus (Boels Dolman).
Stage 2 was the beginning of the climbs for these women where strengths were tested in the typically British weather of rain, and even flooding. The tight finish was a hair breadth apart with Amy Pieters (Wiggle High5) taking the win.
Having spent the first two stages riding along the women in the press car, I was keen to get a team perspective, so when I was offered a spot in the Boels-Dolmans race car for Stage 3, I gladly accepted.