The details of Laura’s racing program are yet to be decided, but it is certain to include a balance of professional and domestic races. “There are so many standout events in the UK now that we want to ensure we still participate in. It’s also safe to say we will be looking to return to the Friends Life Women’s Tour, which was the race that encouraged us to push forward with professional registration”, continued Wyman. “It was an incredibly well-run event, and with other races around the world offering a similar return for sponsors, such as La Course by the Tour de France, we know the sport can start to move forward very quickly.”
“In the coming days we will announce further signings to the team, along with details of the initial team sponsors. We are committed to a largely British team, and hope that in the coming years we can help provide a stable road-focused structure for up-and-coming British riders. However, in 2015 we will certainly have a few overseas riders too, who will bring us experience and help us balance the team in terms of skills needed in the world’s biggest races. The team base will be in Belgium to provide an easy logistical base to European races, while keeping us only a short journey from the UK.”
— Matrix Fitness – Vulpine sign Laura Trott | Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Last year, when I was racing at the Holland Ladies Tour I received a message from Lauren Kitchen who was racing Ardeche with her Wiggle Honda team. The message was simple; “Never do this race.” She told me later that on some days the peloton climbed more than 3000 altitude metres an most stages started on climbs.
After hearing that I had got the call up for the race I got straight on the race website to see just exactly what I was getting myself into. Lots of climbing, that what I was getting myself into. It didn’t matter, I was just happy to be racing.
— Tour de Ardeche; The Big Guns | Chloe Hosking
"I was completely soaked for the start as it was so hot. We had put my jersey in a bucket of ice water, I had dumped a whole bottle of water over my head and had a cold wet towel around my shoulders. I was advised that our staff would be a strategic locations around the entire course to dump water on me and extra bottles at the feed zone, so I figured I couldn’t be any more ready to take on the heat!"
— Road Race – World Para Cycling Championships | Carol Cooke
Today I won the Women’s T2 category of the Time Trial at the 2014 World Para Cycling Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. I am a little overwhelmed actually and even though I was fairly confident coming into this race you just never know how it is going to pane out! I had a nightmare last night, which upon waking was fairly funny but at the time of dreaming wasn’t funny at all! It involved our Road Race which had been changed to add an off road segment so our mechanic had tried to adapt my trike to suit that. To cut a long dream short I ended up flatting a rear tyre and being late for the start. I woke up yelling at the mechanic!
So I get to the course this morning and as that same mechanic Peter G is putting my race wheels on the back of my trike he pumped up the tyre’s and within a couple of minutes there was a huge, and I mean huge bang! The back tube had blown…now I don’t believe in dreams coming true, but he pumped up the second one and that also exploded so violently that it blew the tyre right off! Thank god they had not only extra tyre’s but tubes as well and I had time before I had to warm up. Good thing I’m not superstitious!
— World ParaCycling Championships – ITT | Carol Cooke