The question of Anneloes was (blog adventures of a beginner cyclist #1): When did you race for the first time and how did you manage the nerves if you had them at all of course?
My first cycling race was when I was 7 years old. It was a national youth race in Rijswijk and I can remember being very nervous. I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know what to expect or what to think. I ended up coming 5th but I was so nervous the whole time I couldn’t enjoy the race at all However, the second time I raced I was more relaxed and I realised just how much fun it was to race against others on my bike.
My advice is to make sure that you are always prepared before your race. Make sure that you have planned everything and that there is nothing more you could have done, you never want to be able to blame yourself for not preparing properly! Think about logistics, training, nutrition, equipment and tick everything off. As soon as you are standing on the start line try and relax and don't worry about things that you can't control, a good cyclist is a relaxed cyclist. Feel confident and trust yourself, but most importantly just enjoy yourself!