Emma Silversides is a professional cyclist for the Lotto Belisol team and is based in Belgium. Here she shares her insight into the continental women’s scene.
The post-tour criteriums have run dry here in Belgium and it’s back to business for the men; they will ride the ENECO Tour in Amsterdam.
From now until the end of the season the men have a lot of pro kermis racing also; always a great spectacle and certainly worth seeing if you are in Belgium.
For the women there has been plenty for kermis races to choose from as well as last week’s Route de France and Holland Hills Classic. Vos was the favourite for the latter of these two and did not disappoint displaying her excellent current form leading into the Worlds.
Unfortunately for me it was not a great race, the legs were super but I was caught up in a crash early in the race which left my frame broken, without a reserve bike I was forced to abandon. This was a tough one to take since seeing how the race unfolded I am certain that I could have made a fine result. However, I’m back racing and must consider myself fortunate to have only suffered the usual road rash and muscle soreness.
In the Route de France our team was not really experiencing better luck. Lizzie [Armitstead] crashed in the time trial on day three, Emma [Mackie] was down on day four and DNF. Grace [Verbeke] crashed on the penultimate day! No one has sustained serious injuries so it’s just a matter of a little rest and letting the body repair itself.
There were no less than four kermis races this week for the girls in Belgium. Emma Johansson was making her presence felt at all of these. Her frustration was evident at times though as she was heavily marked; it did not make for positive racing. It’s not always true that the strongest rider wins in a kermis race, Emma did however take a win in De Klinge on Saturday, I was not far behind in fourth place.
Above: Emma Silversides (r) in action