MWCC recently welcomed cyclist Alex Green to the club. She is a rider that brings that a wealth of experience and results to the club and she is a great representative for promoting female riders in our sport. Alex has recently been riding for Australia at the 2014 Para-cycling Road World Cup in Segovia, Spain. We have been lucky that she has penned us a quick report before headig off to the USA in September. Read about her adventures on the road.
Another road world cup done and dusted. Every year there are (usually) three road World Cups held around the world for para-cyclists, that is cyclists with a disability, of which I am one. Australia will usually attend at least one of these world cups and this year we headed to Segovia Spain to compete. We were lucky to spend two weeks leading up to the event training in and around the beautiful town of Segovia.
The event is held over three days with everyone racing the time trial on Friday and then the road races held over Saturday and Sunday, with my category held on the Sunday.
Before I launch into the story of race day it would probably help to introduce the categories of para-cycling. I like to tell people that it is similar to weight classes in boxing. In para-cycling it is divided by disability with some people using hand cycles (H classes), trikes (T classes) and standard bikes (C classes). Then those classes are further broken up into smaller sections based on how severe your impairment is. I am in the C4 class for women.
So my favourite day approached, the time trial. Two laps of a pretty flat 11km circuit (22km in total) in 36 degree heat. My warm up was done on my stationary road bike smack bang in the middle of where the Russian team were warming up, which made for some great people watching. After warm up I squeezed into my skinsuit, grabbed my Kask bambino and had a final drink of water before I headed to bike check and the start line. I knew it was going to be an extremely tough day especially due to two other Aussie riders who are world class and one very fast American.
I raced 22km exactly how I had envisioned and planned and crossed that finish line with nothing left. I could barely get off my bicycle at the end of the race and it took a good 10 minutes before I could talk again due to the lack of water and my sudden urge to drink 10 litres of the stuff. I managed to grab the silver medal after the American got the gold and a fellow Aussie in bronze. I was six seconds from that gold medal.
I am now currently training in Switzerland before I head to the USA to compete at the Road World Championships where I hope to better my silver from the world cup and storm home with a gold medal!
Although I love riding in Europe and the car drivers give you so much space and freedom I will always miss riding on the northern beaches of Sydney and will be happy to jump in some MWCC kit and ride my bike through Akuna before grabbing a coffee in Manly on my way home.
Hope to see you all out on the road soon!
This isn’t the first time that Alex has competed for Australia, her past results include Silver Medallist from 2014 Track World Championships, Aguascalientes Mexico. Bronze Medalist London 2012 Paralympic Games. World Champion and Gold Medallist from 2012 Track World Championships, Los Angeles USA. She is currently aiming for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
You can read more about Alex and her story at her blog: www.alexgreencycling.com