In Her Own Words: Rowena Fry on RaboSter - Stage 1

Thu 28 Jun 2012

Rowena Fry, Melissa Hoskins and Jessie MacLean are racing as part of the Australian National Team at RaboSter in the Netherlands. The three day race began with a five kilometer time trial on Thursday evening. Rowena checked in with some exciting news following the opening stage.

Our race began with a technical time trial in the city centre of Middelburg. The short effort was technical at the start. There were lots of turns and pavé. Rain was in the forecast, and we were prepared to race on wet roads – which would have been dangerous. Luckily, it was nice and dry. The technical start gave way to a much straighter second half that included a few roundabouts before the finish.

Here’s the big news. Jessie MacLean finished third today. It’s her first podium of the season, and her first podium in Europe. She was sitting second for ages, and only got bumped back at the end by the stage winner, Iris Slappendal (Rabobank Women). She missed out on second by less than half a second to Amy Pieters (Skil-Argos)

After JMac raced, she was ready to head back to the hotel. I had to tell her repeatedly that I thought she would be on the podium, and we needed to stick around. She had a hard time believing it. I’m not sure that her awesome result has really sunk in for her. Jessie hasn’t spent much time on her time trial bike, and she only got back from the States on Tuesday. She’s still a bit jet lagged. I think it’s a shock for her to go so unexpectedly well given these factors. JMac wants to make sure I mention that she thinks it was her new Scott aero helmet (and newly pink painted fingernails) that gave her the edge today.

There are three of us racing with the Australian National Team. Jessie, Mel and I were not down for Trentino, and we were keen to get in the extra racing while giving the National Team extra sets of hands (and legs). It works out well for everyone. We race when we otherwise wouldn’t have, and the National Team has enough riders to enter the race. It’s also good for the National Team girls to have a chance to race with us. They’re all quite young, and this is their first season in Europe. They learn a lot from us when we slot into their squad.

Mel was originally slated to race with Jayco-AIS, and only last minute did she switch to race with the National Team. We’re super excited to have her for the sprints. With Jessie up on GC, and Mel not too far of the mark, we’re gearing up for an exciting tour.