Tiffany is back home after a hard block of racing, culminating in the Energiewacht Tour. As every cyclist and cycling fan knows, Dutch racing is hard, stressful and its a constant fight for a rider to get in position and stay there. Tiff doesnt find Dutch racing her ideal scenario but she is acutely aware that it’s good to be there for all sorts of reasons; “I am back recovering and training in Monaco. The last racing block was good and again I did my job for the team, helping team mates Lisa Brennauer and Trixi Worrack secure a 1-2 finish in the overall classification. Energiewacht gave us a good opportunity to race as a team, not just on the road but in our first Team Time Trial. Until last week we had been searching for our first win, but the TTT gave us the platform to make it happen!”
The Velocio-SRAM team in its previous guise are 3 time world champions of the team time trial and prides itself on its technique and ability to balance its riders well and ride as one in the tough discipline. “Ronny is so good at bringing a TTT squad together. The win in the TTT was special, standing together on the podium with your team mates and sharing the victory. The team was riding together for the first time as this composition of riders so we were unsure of how we would come together. The race went smoothly for our first outing, holding high speeds as we managed to take a second every kilometre on the next fastest team, which is solid. Its not just about kit and equipment, that does make a big difference for sure and of course we have the best, but the cohesion and teamwork counts for a lot!”
The Velocio-SRAM team only rode as a unit a couple of days before the race on their TT bikes; “ We trained together for 3 laps of the course the day before the tour began and a few weeks ago we had a camp where we looked at our bike set up to ensure we were as aero as possible. Everything we have been doing contributed to a great result on the day”
The win gave Tiff and her teammates a real boost and ended up with Lisa Brennauer taking the final victory. As Tiffany said in her last update “once we get one win the floodgates generally open!”
Next event on the horizon for Tiffany is Fleche Wallone with the famous finish on the Mur De Huy. “I have done well at Flèche in the past and also had years where I went not so well! For me personally I’m unsure how I will fair this year as I’ve had a greater focus on the cobbled classics and shorter climbs but we have a strong team for the race and riders who I know can perform strongly on this course. I am looking forward to a great race. Fleche is a fantastic day, tough but great crowds to motivate you as a rider, particularly to help get you up the final super steep climb to the finish.”
After Fleche Tiff has a couple more races before a break and training camp in the USA. It’s time to get the climbing legs ready for the tours and challenges ahead!
You can follow Tiffanys exploits on twitter @tiffanycromwell.