Two Calder Valley women, Hannah Dobson from Mytholmroyd and Beate Kubitz from Todmorden decided to ‘have a go’ at racing road bikes, only to get a massive shock when the starting line up was published.
“Hannah and I have both trained on the Racing Chance Foundation bike skills handling course and we thought we’d sign up for a local race over in Holmfirth to try and hone our skills’ said local businesswoman and co-founder of Makepiece, Kubitz.
“Imagine our shock when we were emailed the race start sheet and found it crammed with Olympic medallists
“It’s just a couple of weeks before the Womens’ Tour, so the likes of Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell will be racing to test their legs before the big race’.
“There are not many sports where you can race the same race as the best in the world.
“We didn’t win, but we di both finish. It was pretty brutal.”
Hannah and Beate both signed up for Racing Chance Foundation training days earlier this year.
“I won a BMC road bike last year and rode the 256km Tour of Flanders on it but I wasn’t sure about what else I could do with it,” added Beate.
“When I saw the opportunity to learn some new skills I jumped at it. We spent a day learning all sorts of bike handling and racing skills.”