Heading into the K1 elite women’s race Amanda Jamieson was easily one of the favourites for victory. At the end of the day she emerged as worthy winner in a three-up sprint finish. RoadCycling caught up with her briefly after the race.
RC: First of all you were third last year, first this time around. How are you feeling after your effort out there?
Amanda: I was disappointed with third place last year and was really determined to get the win this year. I knew this would be tough and I wasn’t sure how my form would be on such a hilly course after just coming back from racing in Europe. My legs are a bit tired now but I’m still happy with how it all eventuated.
RC: Did the fact that the field was quite small have a strong influence on the way you approached the race from a strategy perspective?
Amanda: I knew that having a small field would mean that we would all have to work hard together to make the race challenging, and from a strategic perspective I knew it would be whoever had the legs and endurance to see it through to the finish.
RC: One of the exciting things about the K1 is the course change every year. How was the climb of Kopu-Hikuai and did it make the race substantially harder than last year’s ride
Amanda: It’s always nice to have a different course each year as the start rotates around the different towns. I was a bit nervous about the Thames to Tairua section as it contained the Kopu-Hikuai climb, which I have never ridden or experienced before. I was going into that section of the course ‘blind’, only going off what I had been told by others (it didn’t sound appealing!)
I found the Kopu-Hikuai quite challenging and it definitely made the race competitive, and this is where the winning break formed. I found today’s course contained hills that suited my style of climbing, compared to last year’s race, which I found significantly harder, particularly going over the Whangapararoa.