It's the end of the 2014 race calender and I'm on my way back to the Netherlands after a good season with the team. Looking back over the past few months remind me of the incredible victories with the Tour of Britain, the Giro Rosa and by no means least La Course. Looking back, it is also clear to see how we have developed as a team and have made some real steps forward. Cycling can sometimes be considered a individual sport but when you're part of a team you win together and you lose together, even in cycling and it feels as good to see a team mate win as it feels to win yourself.
Whilst the World Championships may not have been everything I had hoped for, I am so happy that Pauline won the jersey and that it stays within the family, she is an incredibly worth winner. Victory is by no means self evident. As a team we rode the race really well and we battled for it right until the end, unfortunately I started the sprint too early and my legs were empty at about 200m but sometimes that's just how it is. Now that the season is over it is time to look forward and set goals for the future and start to focus and get ready for Rio 2016.
For the meantime I am looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation and having a holiday before getting myself ready for next season. Alongside preparation for all of next years races, myself and some of the other ambassadors of women's cycling will be working on some new initiatives that we have designed. I get a lot of joy and energy out of these kind of things and the fun and passion that other people bring into it empowers me as a professional rider to put that energy back into the sport which makes me a better rider. The feeling that I get through cycling is something that I want to share with everyone as cycling really has made me the person that I am today.