My daughter Chloe has raced in Qatar since 2010. For the first few years it was very difficult to source updates or results on the race. I remember with Chloe’s first Tour of Qatar, waking early one morning to see if I could find some information on the race only to see photos posted on Cyclingnews of Chloe being stretchered off the course with her neck in a brace – not a good start to my day!
I had no idea where Chloe had been taken, I had no idea about Qatar and even less about Doha. (Fortunately Chloe was well looked after at one of Doha’s impressive medical facilities.)
So to be invited by Qatar Cycling to watch the 2014 Ladies Tour of Qatar in Qatar was exciting and such a fantastic opportunity. I mean how often do families of female cyclists get such invitations – NOT OFTEN!!"