By Jade Wilcoxson
September 28, 2013—Tuscany, Italy—Worlds. It was sensory overload, it was incredibly stressful, and it was awesome—all wrapped up in one glorious package.
There’s definitely added pressure at a World Championship race because, first of all, it’s a one day race. You’re either going good or you’re not, and you’re not getting any do-overs. If you’re feeling terrible, you don’t get to show your team the next day that you do actually have fitness. And it’s streamed online, so the whole world knows how you’re going that day.
The World’s course was perfect for our team. We had two of the best climbers in the world and a pretty strong support team to boot. So, a win or a podium was looking good (insert more stress here).
I knew my job was done when I had absolutely nothing left in the tank.
I was stoked about our race plan because we each had a very specific job and we had to trust that each of us was going to do our job in order to setup up our climbers for the win. It was going to be a true team effort, which is what I love about road racing.
Carmen and I controlled the 30k of flat road leading into Florence, making sure no breaks got up the road. We then kept our climbers safe as we wound through the beautiful and historic parts of Florence. I’ll never forget riding by the Duomo, on the cobbles, with fans 5 deep cheering us on. Then we tried to blow up the field as best we could to the base of the climb. I knew my job was done when I had absolutely nothing left in the [...]