Erin Kinnealy talks about ambition, opportunity and experience at the launch of the Cycling Development Foundation in October and reflects on a season racing at the highest level in Europe.
There were four of us fortunate to have been given the opportunity to race in Europe for the best part of the 2016 season, myself and
- Elissa Wundersitz
- Sofia Erhard
- Sarah Duffield
Each one of us had unique objectives in approaching this opportunity. My objective was to gain experience, strength, knowledge and networks to progress into a UCI registered team, secure a professional contract and race at the highest level – the Women’s World Tour.
Some amazing highlights were:
- racing at UCI level
- having the world champion’s stripes move through the bunch around me
- observing Marianne Vos part the peloton like Moses parts the ocean – then everyone fighting for her wheel
- racing the spring classics including Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, up iconic cobbled climbs like Oude de Kwaremont and the Paterberg
- travelling and racing in the neighbouring countries of, Belgium and Germany, as well as in our base country, Holland.
And the absolute pinnacle of my European Racing season was being selected to race with the Australian National Development Team as a guest rider on four occasions, notably the Gent-Wevelgem race which is part of the Women’s World Tour.