A week on from wrapping up the Matrix Fitness GP Series title, read this short interview with Champion Eileen Roe of the Starley Primal team.

With victory in Woking, Roe followed in the wheel tracks of Helen Wyman, Annie Simpson and last year’s Champion Hannah Barnes.

Going in to the double-points final round, Roe was only just in front of best friend and training partner Charline Joiner, leading to a nervous build-up.

“Very nervous, it felt like I was riding the track nationals all over again. It was horrible because the race is off at night so you’ve got all day to think about it, so I’ve been a bit grumpy all day and quiet leading up to it.

“I went on the turbo for half an hour, but that still left five or six hours until the race.  So I listened to music and tried to ignore everyone basically.”

In Roe’s own words taking the individual win as well as the title was the “icing on the cake.  It was an aggressive race and that panned out quite well for myself and Katie Curtis.  She worked her socks off for me today and she’s done an absolutely brilliant lead out coming up the final straight, which was perfect.

“I raced this Series two years ago and had a win then, I missed it last year so was really excited to be with a team entering it again this year.  It’s brilliant, it’s such good racing and that’s what I love.”

Next up for Roe is a spell racing abroad as she makes final preparations for the Commonwealth Games, where she will race on the track and the road.

“It [victory in the Series] shows I’m on path and my form is well.  It’s something to build on for the Commonwealth Games, which is my next big goal.

“This is one of the steps towards it. Crit racing is perfect for track racing, it’s very similar.  I’m now going out to Europe to race some crits over there and basically just training on the track up until the Games.”

Come Glasgow and Roe will be racing alongside best friends and Series runner-up (plus double race winner Katie Archibald) Joiner.

“It is brilliant, especially as we’re heading to the Games together as well.  Training and racing with my best friend, it makes it much easier.

“I spoke to her at the end and she’s a little bit upset.  I don’t think she’s upset that she didn’t win overall, more that she’s been very consistent and would have liked to have won to top it all off.”

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