Emma prepares for Italian job

PUBLISHED: 17:20 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

FORMER Welwyn Wheeler Emma Trott makes her World Cup cycling debut this weekend in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda Road Race in Italy. The event centres itself on the town of Cittiglio, 80km north of Milan. But before Team Halford Bikehut professional Emma flie

FORMER Welwyn Wheeler Emma Trott makes her World Cup cycling debut this weekend in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda Road Race in Italy.

The event centres itself on the town of Cittiglio, 80km north of Milan.

But before Team Halford Bikehut professional Emma flies to Italy, she will ride her former club's Easter Hilly Time Trial around the lanes of Codicote.

The local teenager hasn't had the best of preparation for her first World Cup event due to food poisoning, which caused her to lose 5kg.

Emma is using the Welwyn event to see how much fitness she has lost.

She said: "The Welwyn course is one of my regular training routes, so I know it really well.

"But I never raced on it while I was a Welwyn rider, so this will be a first for me.

"I usually climb quiet well, so with three decent hills at Offley, Whitwell (Horn Hill) and Kimpton, it should be a good course for me."

This is the second local event Emma has recently ridden.

She was first women home in the North Road Hardriders time trial in February.

"It's good to be able to ride so close to home, and to get a chance to support my old club is great," she said.

"It would be nice to add the Hilly to the Hardriders win, but we will have to wait and see."

She added: "It will be fun whatever happens."

The Welwyn Hilly starts at 8am on Friday morning in Whitwell Road, approximately half mile from its junction with the Codicote/Hitchin Road.

Riders then travel north towards Hitchin before hitting the lanes after climbing the hill at Great Offley.

Emma starts at 9.15am and hopes to complete the 26 mile course in around 70 minutes.


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