Gabby Day blog

Gabby is a professional cyclo-cross rider based in Europe, racing for The Chainstay RENNER team.  She has sent us a report from her last two races, as she prepares for the National Cyclo-Cross Champs, which will be held in Derby on Sunday 9th January 2011.

 

Gabby Day 2

 

 

I have just completed a busy Christmas racing period and I am now in the build up to the British National Championships in Derby.   Racing has been going well just recently and I am feeling good.  I’m over the worst of my cold too, so things are looking up and it is perfect timing for the coming season.

 

The Christmas period was made extra great by having my boyfriend Rick over and also having the luxury of using our camper van...very pro!

 

The first of the double UCI race weekend was the Petange GP in Luxembourg, a three hour drive from Oudenaarde. This was the first time I had raced at this event, but I was aware that it was held on a very tough course, so I knew this would be a good workout for the Nationals. The course was super tough; a really long uphill road start, that seemed to go on forever, followed by a set of steps up to a muddy climb. I started well and pitted every lap, which kept Gregg and Rick very busy. The clean bike every lap helped me hold my position throughout the race and during most of it I was in a tussle with Amy Dombroski for 7th / 8th place.  In the end I finished 7th, which was pleasing as I didn't slow on the last lap like I had at my last race.  World Champion, Marianne Vos, won the race from German Champion, Hanka Kupfernagel 

 

 

Gabby Day riding

 

 

My next race was the GVA race at Tervuren, which was also a new venue for me to race at and it was much colder it had been at Oudenaarde – there was still snow on the ground and plenty of ice cold puddles too and these soon turned to ice cold mud - lovely!!  The course at Tervuren is very tough and there was also a higher quality field than the day before, but I didn't let that bother me and just got on with the job of making it a good hard workout ready for the Nationals.  Overall, I had a great race and another battle with Amy Dombroski going again for 7th and 8th positions, but with Amy just getting the better of me this time.  Hanka  Kupfernagel won ahead of Belgian Champion, Sanne Can't, with Marianne Vos 3rd. 

 

My next race is the National Championships so hopefully my form will improve some more by then.

 

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