By Francis Curro
WA cycling gun Emily Mascaro has returned from racing in Europe with several top 10 elite finishes as well as a wealth of experience.
Emily has been racing with the Veris Women’s Racing Team in Belgium and Netherlands over the past month where she competed against several professional cycling teams including Lotto-Soudal.
She finished in the top 10 in various elite races as well as raced in breakaways to compete for sprint finishes in pelotons – some as big as 186 riders.
She said the main thing she got out of the experience was learning about her true potential.
“I had the knowledge that when I came here I would be nowhere near as good as these girls and would probably struggle to finish races,” she said.
“I surprised myself and proved that I can be up there with the best.”
Emily said the racing overseas was different and she had to learn how to position herself in the peloton.
“The atmosphere is amazing, heaps of people line the streets just to watch us women race, and the race is on from the start,” she said.
“The racing is different as there are larger pelotons – my biggest being 186 – and the biggest challenge is positioning yourself and getting to the front.”
Now she has returned, Emily will turn her attention towards the 2018 Element Road Series.
She said she was keen to bring back her form from Belgium and give it a good hitout.
“I am really looking forward to coming back and racing The Element,” she said.
“I haven’t raced on the new course [in Chidlow] before and I’m interested to see how it will go.
“Definitely Chidlow is on my list to compete in but also York as its the weekend of my birthday and it’s a great event!”
The series next race will be in Chidlow on 8 July.
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