Whilst I was in Sydney, I received an excited sms from cycling buddy Pip Read. She raced the bookend women’s crits for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and came in 2nd for the opening crit at Bendigo, against a strong field of world class riders. As she said to me, “Not bad for an old girl”. It’s a bloody fantastic result, and proves that age is as much in the mind as is winning races. Pip races WMAS5, and is getting stronger and stronger each season. She has a full program of crit and road racing over summer, and will give the young guns a run for their money, keeping them honest and well and truly in the hurt zone. Pip is a terrific role model not just for masters riders, but all women, young and not so young, who want to give racing a go, or take their racing to another level. It takes a fair bit of guts to put yourself on the line against the best in the state and the country, let alone finish at the pointy end with them. Pip has persevered and her hard work is paying off.
There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.