AWCC member Lisa Barry shares her experience of racing the latest stage of NRS, Canberra Women's Tour.
Just thought I would let you all know I travelled with the Bicycle Superstore/Torq Womens Road Team to Canberra over the weekend. The Tour was based out of the Stromlo Cycling Centre. It was a tour of mixed results for me. I was happy to kick the tour off with the 16km undulating ITT where I placed mid field (a huge improvement from previously). The second stage was a 2 lap/79km RR. Unfortunately I was spooked when my bike skipped over a rock on a reasonably technical descent and I chased back onto the peloton just in time for them to kick for the second QOM. I was unable to bridge that gap to the front group and remained with a group of seven and the second bunch on the road until the finish. The third stage was a 40 km RR. I was looking forward to this as it was in the reverse direction of the previous days stage and therefore a far less technical descent. Unfortunately 20 km in I hit the only pothole that could be found over the whole weekend which knocked my back wheel causing it to rub. Perhaps a combination of some heavy legs and this mechanical meant I lost contact with the group and over the next 10km grovelled and was finally able to rejoin a small group to the finish. The tour concluded with a crit on the Stromlo circuit. I am very happy to say I was able to finish with the bunch in what was a very fast race. My Garmin tells me we averaged 41 km! Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to log onto the results today and find out I finished 23rd overall in what was not my best tour to date. It was a major learning experience for me and I now understand there is far more to racing than climbing hills!