Last TT of the season, and we were blessed with sunshine, no fog and no rain – one of the few TTs this year where this has been the case!
There was a great turnout from the Para-T team for this event and it was lovely to catch up with so many of my teammates. There were four competitors in my C2/3 female category, and I was determined to grab one of the two medals on offer! I’d ridden the course earlier in the week so knew it was ‘lumpy’ with a couple of tricky left-hand turns at the bottom of two downhill sections so my tactics were to push as hard as I could on the uphills, and try and recover on the downhills while gauging my effort on my power meter.
I was set off second in our group and managed to catch the first rider after a couple of miles, but I knew I was being chased by two more riders – including Para-T teammate Mighty Megan! I completed the first lap as planned and was feeling happy that I hadn’t been caught yet, but then I heard the familiar whirr of carbon wheels chasing me down – and halfway up a hill Megan caught me. That did, however, spur me on, to try and keep her in sight as I knew I still had chance of getting the silver medal. With a couple of miles to go I really dug deep, determined to get the best time I could, even though my legs and chest were screaming at me to stop! I definitely ‘got it all out’ and was happy to stand on the podium with Megan – a good end to the road season.