So here’s something that happened…

I won the female category in the endurance race, at the Japan Brompton World Championship 

Believe it or not. Here is the proof. I did the most laps and fastest speed.

The endurance race involved competitors cycling on a car race track for two hours. The track it self was undulating. Had a few great downhills… But the uphill section could really take it out of you. I know this as I started off the ride too hard, for the first lap, which then exhausted me for the first couple of laps. Kym suggested at one point (around the 45 minute mark) we could go in take arrest, or only use one tag. Thankfully, we didn’t and stayed out there.. just going round, round, and round the track. I will acknowledge I had no idea I was winning until I was told with two laps to go I was in the lead of the female solo riders. Nothing like that type of news to keep you going! When we finally crossed the line two hours later, I was really pleased to get off the bike.

After the race, as you have just got off the bike, every participant received a medal. The medal for the endurance race was silver, and gold for the Race. At the presentation ceremony each of the top three, received a Brompton prize, and mine was a bag. Woo-hoo! Not bad result given cycling 40+km the day before.

We had a really great day. It was good fun, and we met some great people. 

 

7 comments

  1. Helen & Tony · April 25, 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS! What an achievement – a real feat and memory to stay with you. And your fellow Adelaide cyclists will be pretty impressed. Might have to return again next year to defend that win……

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    • helen · April 25, 2016

      Thanks… It was great day! ?

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  2. Melaina Tate · April 25, 2016

    That is so super cool! Well done Helen and what a story for the memory bank 🙂

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  3. L^2 · April 25, 2016

    Nice work, Helen! That’s pretty impressive. Is it true that in the race all participants have to wear a suit jacket? It certainly seems that way from the pictures. I bet that doesn’t make for cool riding.

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    • helen · April 26, 2016

      Yes.. Suit jackets were a requirement for everyone in the race. The endurance race you didn’t have to, but we didn’t take anything else. It was cool in the morning, so I had a rain jacket as well.

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  4. Sonya Gepp · April 27, 2016

    Wow! Well done! You are like an Olympian up there! Looks like fun.

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    • helen · April 27, 2016

      Thanks Sonya- great fun!

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