Bec Henderson Holds Onto Leader’s Jersey

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Words by Flow | Images by UCI (via Facebook)

Here’s what Bec had to say on her blog post race:

Just one week separated the first two World Cup’s of the 2013 Season, I had a dream race at round one and was looking forward to racing in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic as it is one of my favorite courses on the circuit.

After such a high from last weekend with both Dan and I winning our races I came down with a cold, which I had been battling all week. My week leading into the race had a big shake up and I had only easy days on the road and course all the way through till the day before the race where I did my best to blow all the cobwebs (and the rest) out despite the soaring heart rate.



I went into the race with mixed emotions, I was so positive with my bike and set up, I chose the Superfly 100 dual suspension for the weekend, kitted out with full iCD (electronic) lockout front and rear from Fox. Absolutely amazing! I was also feeling a little frustrated knowing I wasn’t 100% and blowing up in the race was basically inevitable. BUT, you can only race with what you bring to the start line and it’s not always going to be perfect. I did, however, have the leaders jersey on and a purpose…

We were up for four laps and a start loop of the technically challenging and unforgiving course. I started well and was in the top five or six girls as we crested the first major climb. I was getting good recovery on the descents with the full suspension and it was a clear advantage.

Here’s part of the reason Bec opted for a dual suspension bike!

Andrea Waldis of Colnago started fast again and wasn’t afraid to keep the pace hot throughout the race, after getting caught up in a little traffic early I lifted my own pace and bridged across to Waldis but was making a few mistakes and playing a bit of catch up. At this point I was feeling good all round including the climbing and on the third lap there were some hard attacks going down, but I could never get that advantage and Waldis defended really strong.

It was up one of the steepest climbs where she broke me, with one and a half laps remaining. I went into survival mode, now just desperate to hold onto my second place and the leaders jersey. I had to dig really deep, my legs were killing and I was running on empty but I managed to keep clear of third place and cross the line on the podium again.


I was really happy with my race, I made a few mistakes tactically and technically but I definitely gave myself the best possible chance to win the race. I struggled to fuel myself properly but today I just didn’t have the legs to go with Andrea. For me, it’s all positive, I was surprised to ride so well considering the circumstances and I have extended my lead in the World Cup series. There are now four races remaining, the next in Val di Sole, Italy with lots of steep climbing. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some more training and slipping into that white skinsuit again!

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