Q&A: Becky Womersley (Drops Cycling)

Becky Womersley (Drops Cycling) says a highlight for 2016 for her was racing Kermesses in Belgium!

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Q&A: Becky Womersley (Drops Cycling)

1. What was the highlight of the 2016 season for you?
Becky: When I was spending quite a bit of time in Europe, towards the end of the season, I spent a block of time out there starting in Belgium with a few Kermesses and I love them! It was a good week for the team in Belgium. We had been working on our lead out for quite a while and I think this was one of the first races that I did that we were able to get a train together.

Photo: Tom Oldham

2. What was your favourite race of 2016?
Becky: I think that’s quite a difficult question! The Belgium Kermesse’s were great and I will hopefully be doing a few more in 2017! I also enjoyed Ride London. It went World Tour this year and the crowds were insane. It was nice to ride it at the highest level when I had ridden it the previous two years when it was mostly British riders with a few big international teams/ riders. The Tour of Norway was also a great race. Most of the terrain suited my punchy style and the hill’s weren’t too long while the finish was always a sprint!

3. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you?
Becky: I would have to say Tour of Ardeche – although I strangely loved riding up Mont Ventoux, it was for sure the hardest day I have ever experienced on a bike. Ride London was also very fast and tough!

4. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Becky: Being part of a successful team puts a good pressure on you. This makes you want to train harder, to achieve more personally and as a team. Knowing the team aim and working together as a team to achieve goals like to deliver one person to the finish line first, I personally think makes you a better rider.

5. What is the piece of equipment/clothing that you are looking forward to most in 2017?
Becky: To get my bike back again! Not only does it look great, its the comfiest I have ever ridden! Our new shoes are going to look super smart too!

6. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Becky: Standard 20 minute warm up normally on the rollers. I like a bit of music playing to get you going!

7. What’s your favourite discipline on the road; road racing/crits/time trials and why?
Becky: My favourite would be the road race. I just enjoy the different terrains and you also get to look up and see some incredible scenery, if you have chance! I do like a crit but it’s not my best discipline!

8. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Becky: I started training properly at the beginning of November, although through the last few weeks of October, I did ride my bike but just for enjoyment to the cafe for a slice of cake! I have been doing a mixture of miles and watt bike/ turbo sessions depending on the weather here in Yorkshire!

9. What are the goals for 2017?
Becky: I haven’t actually sat down and thought about my goals as of yet. I hope to improve on my results out in Europe in the UCI races, a top 10 would be nice. I would also like to podium in a kermesse out in Belgium. For the past couple of years I have just been outside the top 10 in the National Champs, an improvement on that would be nice! Depending on form, my goals will change throughout the season!

Photo: Tom Oldham

10. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)?
Becky: I do gym work as well as riding normally 2-3 sessions a week depending on what riding I have that week. I enjoy the gym, it breaks the riding up a little bit.

11. What have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Becky: Ride with others, wear the right clothing and just enjoy! I actually don’t mind the cold/ rain, it makes you appreciate the warmth when you get home!

12. What was the best thing about riding for Drops in 2016?
Becky: All of it! The people involved made it for me.





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