“The road less traveled for Emma White, is, well … the road.
She hasn’t competed in her category of cycling since late February of last year — 15 long months — and for an athlete who expects to be in Tokyo this summer for the Olympic Games, this, of course, is not ideal.
But when was the last time anything seemed ideal?
So in an effort to simply get in some riding in a highly competitive setting, the Duanesburg High and Union College graduate will participate in the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships in Knoxville the second full week of June as a steppingstone to Tokyo.
White, who will turn 24 15 days after the Olympic closing ceremonies, is looking forward to competing at Road Nationals as she and her teammates continue to prepare at the Team USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the track cycling events in Tokyo.
“Even though I had that opportunity last fall to do some road racing, it’s still been 14, 15 months now since a track race,” she said on Thursday. “Our event, team pursuit, is easy to mimic and mock races in training, because we’re not racing alongside other countries [during competition], and it is just a team event against the clock.
“But it’s not the same. You’ve got the loudspeakers and the whole things that makes race day different from any training day. It’s impossible to make that up. But, yeah, we are champing at the bit. I think Nationals will be a good time to pin on the number.”
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MacAdam, Mike. Schenectady Gazette. 28 May 2021.