I took this photo but was unable to talk to the rider, Stacey Riedel from Australia. I thought she was disappointed with her performance and seemed inconsolable. She was the sole Australian entry in the under-23 women’s race and she seemed so distraught.
After the race, I went looking for her on various social media sites and finally found her through Instagram. I have copied her text from her experience in the race to post here. But you can go to her account and find it easily enough….
“The biggest and hardest race I have ever done in my life. I gave it everything I had throughout the entire race with absolutely nothing left at the end. Both happy and proud that I put myself way out of my comfort zone, in completely different conditions and racing with the best in the world. Despite the immense pain I was in throughout the race, I enjoyed most moments (not so much crashing into the barrier on the final lap) and am super motivated and excited for what is to come. Can’t wait to race more and more, gain more experience and get stronger and faster! This is only the beginning! And to leave you with a quote ‘Dead last is better than did not finish, which trumps did not start’.”
See Stacey’s original entry here: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-294617713/staceyleeriedel/photos/ig-1175494543759009962_294617713