La Flèche Wallonne Preview by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
The Bigla Pro Cycling Team will contest one of the most prestigious races of the season on Wednesday, 22 April, La Flèche Wallonne. The race will start and finish in Huy, will be contested over 121 kilometres and is the next race in the UCI World Cup series. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio names the race as one of her goals and has finished in the top five in the last three editions.
"Flèche is one of my most favourite races on the calendar. Since I started racing professionally in Europe, I have always dreamt of winning on top of the Mur de Huy. I have finished in the top 5 for the past three years, so it certainly is a race with a finish that suits me well."
The race finishing up the iconic Mur de Huy climb and before that the Côte de Cherave will already test the legs coming at 5.5 kilometres to go. Moolman-Pasio gave insight into the decisive moment of the race. "The final climb up the Mur de Huy is definitely the deciding point of the race. Of course it is important to have a good run into the Mur, any energy wasted in the early parts of the race will cost you up the final climb of the Mur. So it's important to ride smart throughout the race and not to let anything potentially dangerous slip off the front in the latter half, but the Mur is the most important part of the race for sure."
The full compliment of BPCT will include Annemiek van Vleuten, Doris Schweizer, Iris Slappendel, Joëlle Numainville and Sharon Laws.
Asked about what goes through your mind while climbing the Mur, the South African National Champion gives fans some insight, "All you thinking about is the finish line, giving every last ounce of energy you have to climb as fast as you possibly can. The Mur is all about instinct. The less thoughts going through your mind, the better. It's all about focus and of course the crowds cheering you up gives that extra little push, the cheers literally do help to dull the pain."
Race Website: http://www.letour.fr/la-fleche-wallonne-femme