Here at UKXCNews we're very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive interview with new UK National 24hr Solo Champion, Rickie Cotter. We've already featured advice from Rickie earlier on in the year in our series of features on how to ride a 24 Solo race. In case you needed any convincing about the pedigree of that advice, Rickie's just taken the runner-up spot at the World Championships for the second time, and this time she's also taken the National Champion crown as well.
So – how does it feel to be second in the world (again) and National Champ (again)?
To come so close and not quite win is a tough one but I rode a strong, brave race. Kim was just better - she deserved it.
From the start to the finish I loved it. The course was brutal, unforgiving and spectacular. The pace at the start wasn't too hectic - I think everyone respected the course.
Sure I'm happy with the National Champs jersey but really my heart lies with the world title more.
Did the race go to plan? Did anything go wrong?
Why did I lose? Self criticism is hard to swallow but you have to ask tough questions and learn from them.
I was too slow through the pits, losing efficiency/time. I had a minor light issue which cost a few minutes. I just couldn't quite handle the consistent pace of Kim but I know I have it in me. I need to work on pitting and keeping the pressure on .
How far off the top step were you in the end, and do you think there's anything you could have done differently that would have got you there?
In the end both Kim and I finished on 23 laps but she was a lot quicker (maybe 40mins). I think we were both a lap up on Erin in 3rd .
What's next? Are you going for Worlds again in 2015?
I'd love to go to California to the next worlds but that depends on how much I can save my pennies! I'm not done yet!
P.S the support I got was massive and I'm so grateful to everyone who took the time to stand in the cold and shout for me. THANK YOU!
Rickie's full blog account of the race is here.....