Verita Stewart

Writer, blogger, social media | Racer of bikes with Specialized Women's Racing Team|

The year that was…club champs to club champs

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It has been a hectic few weeks, post Tour of Murray. I have barely raced since then… just been concentrating on getting life admin done, riding my bike and riding my bike. Actually, who am I kidding, I’ve just been riding my bike…So I must apologise for the tardiness of this update.

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Over the past two weeks I have been reflecting a lot about the year that was…Surprisingly, there was a time before #pinkwasmycolour, before I lived in Melbourne, before Napoleon, before lift selfies, and before I raced bikes.

It was this time last year that I “got on my bike and raced it” for the first time, at the 2012 Hawthorn Club Championships. Thinking about this race makes me cringe a little. Mostly at the fact that I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I mean, I had never raced before. I had not trained, ever. I was sooooo not prepared. Ha. My legs were blown off during that race. I came last, or thereabouts. Though slightly traumatised, I came away from that race determined and set myself two goals.

1. To not have my legs blown off again and;
2. To race C Grade, Tour of Bright

Both goals that at the time, seemed somewhat unachievable.

So, effectively, with the help of my super coach, those two things are what I’ve been working towards.  For those of you that have been following this blog and my cycling will know, it has been quite the year. I’ve had some wins. Some losses. Gone up some grades. Got dropped. Got back on. Got on the front. Got off the front. Climbed mountains. Learned a lot…And… had a heap of fun in the process. Along with a lot of hard work… and hundreds of kilometers, I’ve had some great opportunities come my way too.

I guess it all started with joining Hawthorn Cycling Club and through their Women’s Development Program my love for cycling spiralled, Total Rush have played an important role in that they continually supported me as a development rider and ambassador; and having the opportunity to race the National Road Series with Cycling Victoria Women’s Development Squad NRS team has made me push my limits and learn a lot about racing with the big girls in the process. Some amazing people have come into my life too, as mentors, friends and partners. They have and are contributing so positively to my life. I’m not sure why I feel compelled to tell you all this, but I guess I just want you all know that I appreciate everyone in my life… and that you can achieve your goals that you set.

Two weeks ago I raced the 2013 Hawthorn Club Championships. I did not come last. I came first! I could not believe it. By no means am I an amazing cyclist. I won’t be going to Europe or riding in the Giro Rosa. I’ve got about 100 watts and a lot of experience to gain. …and as the super coach says “patience grasshopper”.

Get on your bike and ride it, and most importantly, have fun whilst doing it.

P.S. I have achieved my gols I set last year…. Though my legs continually are blown off each and every time I race. But, I know now it is what makes you stronger, more determined and a better cyclist. And you know what…I am riding at the Tour of Bright… time in B grade.

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2012 Club Champs

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2013

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Author: Verita Stewart

Cyclist for Specialized, Instagramer, blogger, desk sitter, coffee lover, recycler

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