The first world cup has come and gone with Helen finishing 4th behind the ever unbeatable Marianne Vos. A flying start saw Helen first off the road
and for the first half lap Helen stayed with Vos. Making the descision to let Vos go was a sound one as her pace was unrelenting on what must be one of the toughest cross courses on the world scene.

I group battle for 2nd then took hold but it was defending World Cup Champion Katie Compton who took control and soloed to 2nd leaving 3 riders to fight out for 3rd. When Christel Ferrier was dropped it looked like the battle for 2nd might go right to line, but a dropped chain at the least opportune moment for Helen meant the gap was gone and it was just a case of settling for 4th.

“Ive got to be happy with that. It’s a solid start and there’s lots more to come. Hopefully another top 5 next week and I’ll be able to put a tick in the box of a good start to the season. Last week having just got back to Europe a few days before, my legs didn’t feel like my own. I’m feeling better each day and it was great to work with SwissStop over the weekend to get my bike perfect for this race.”

“Next week is a different challenge and the weather will certainly have a big effect if it comes out to play. I’ve got the Nacht van Woerden as well this week and hope to be able to keep up the good start.”