Libby Arbuckle produced a podium performance at the Ronde van Ede criterium at the weekend. The Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling rider finished 3rd in the tough and testing race behind Kristina Clonan and Ashlee Ankudinoff.
Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling have had a truly full experience of racing in Europe so far, with highs and lows a plenty. But in the Ronde van Ede Libby Arbuckle took to the start of her first criterium on the European scene. Looking to build on her experience racing in the American crit scene last year, Arbuckle got underway in a field of 45 riders featuring the likes of Amelia Matthews, Connie O’Brien, Alana Forster, Hannah Bartram, and Kate & Emma Smith.
After starting towards the back of the field, the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling team set about working their way through the field. Speaking from the team’s website Arbuckle said,” Eventually I made it to the front and was able to string out the field using my cornering skills each lap. I was feeling strong and managed to collect the first two sprint primes.”
Not content with primes, Arbuckle got into a breakaway with Australian Annette Edmondson. With 10 laps of the 30 lap race to go, the duo took off and were only caught with about 4 laps remaining. Even after being caught, though, Arbuckle remained in contention throughout. The final lap saw Arbuckle sitting in fourth wheel and she kept holding her own, sprinting to third place behind winner Kristina Clonan and Australian track star Ashlee Ankudinoff.
“I am extremely happy with how [I] race and very thankful for my teammates for helping me out throughout the race,” Arbuckle said.
Connie O’Brien finished fifth on the day, with Alana Forster just outside the top ten in 12th place.
Check out Arbuckle’s full race report from Ronde van Ede here.
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