To become World Champions would provide the perfect end to CANYON//SRAM Racing’s debut season in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Several of the team’s riders and staff have already had success in this race in the past, and the importance of being the fastest is known to all. Every piece of equipment adorning the Speedmax CF SLX time trial bikes is aerodynamically optimised to the extreme. Aero helmets, disc wheels, skinsuits, the scene is more like a sci-fi film than sport.
Calling the shots on the road is Trix Worrack, the team’s most experienced rider and German national time trial champion.
“Trixi gives the commands and lets us know if our pace is good or if we should shift into another gear. With all her experience she’s definitely the team leader,” Mieke Kröger explains, the youngest in the line-up. “On the front riding into the wind, it’s up to each rider to decide how long they can pull for. The hardest part is when you’re falling back from the lead and then tucking in behind the last rider. If you misjudge it by a second, then you go straight out the back.”
With the training camp in the books, the team are one step closer to their goal. From now, all roads lead to the World Championships in Qatar.