Stacey’s 2017 Belgium wrap-up

Stacey’s final reflections for 2017

For a lot of people 2017 has been full of highs and lows, myself included. But those highs have sure outweighed the lows.
In 2017 I have raced my second Cyclocross World Championships and was selected for my third. I have travelled to, and raced, 10 different countries including Belgium, France, Denmark, and China. I have successfully completed my final year of University. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been presented, and I always grab them with both hands – something I encourage everyone to do in 2018. Take a risk, say yes to opportunities, and don’t be scared of failing.

“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

They say that cycling is a sport with more lows than highs. That’s definitely true. You lose far more than you win. And for me, racing cyclocross in Europe, I’ve done a whole lot of losing. So far, in 9 races, I have not yet finished on the lead lap. BUT . . I have grown, improved, learnt, and taken experience from it.
I’ve worked on my running, I’ve learnt a new technique for holding my bike when running, I’ve raced hard and beaten girls who previously beat me.

For me, it’s the small wins, and they’re what I need to focus on. The big picture – race results, namely – can be demoralising to say the least, so focussing on the small wins is key to moving forward.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe 2018, doing all the things you love!

Catch you again soon in 2018

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