In Her Own Words: Jessie MacLean on RaboSter - Stage 3Thu 28 Jun 2012
Jessie MacLean, riding alongside Rowena Fry and Melissa Hoskins on the Australian National Team, checked in from the third and final stage of RaboSter.
Amy Cure, riding for Jayco-AIS, went into the stage as the race leader. She’s Aussie and Jayco-AIS is somewhat of our sister team. We decided it was in our interest to race in a way that would benefit both of our teams. We were up against Kirsten Wild (AA Drink – leontien.nl), and I was the best-placed rider for the Australian National Team in fifth.
There was a massive pile-up around ten kilometers into the stage. It was huge. I’d venture to guess that only 20 girls weren’t impacted. I was not one of the 20, so I found myself on the ground for the second day in a row. Luckily, they neutralized the race because so many of us were involved, but I was hard hit – missing lots of skin and lots of clothes. I wouldn’t be overstating to say I was worried about indecent exposure from behind.
The team put in a freaking good effort. It was so windy today, and the course took us along docks, bridges and beaches. We were exposed to the elements.
We started the day with the intention of hanging around Kirsten and then attacking her in the finale. In the end, we were smashed, our plan didn’t work out and Kirsten won the overall. The last 30 kilometers of racing were really quite solid with AA Drink and Raboank fighting for control. The bunch was strung out for what felt like a full hour. We were either full gas because Rabo was attacking or because AA Drink was keeping the pace high so that Rabo wouldn’t attack.
In the end, Amy ended up second overall. She’s a really young rider, and this is a huge result for her that supports her strong ride. I’m happy to have raced here, and it was a good experience riding with the National Team. With that said, the bunches were quite stressful (as evidenced by the large number of crashes), and