“It was a big battle after the start, but after the difficult and technical section I had a small lead. I immediately wanted to put the pressure on, although it was difficult to keep a gap, but it still seemed to break," said the Baloise - Trek Lions star in her post-race interview. “I felt super strong.”
Lucinda Brand takes 50th elite cyclocross victory with faultless performance in Dublin, Alvarado and Backstedt complete podium
Although the weather wasn't the best, the actual course was perfect for Brand. “It's a lot of pushing. I like that and was also able to get into a flow," she explains. "But it was also only possible to win with good legs. And if I have the strength, punching goes well for me. Even though it remains difficult, I was still able to recover along the way.”
With Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Zoe Backstedt completing the podium, Brand admits surprise at her level. Especially considering she was one of the few to complete a Saturday/Sunday double. “I had hoped for this, but certainly did not expect this. Certainly not that I would win this way," she concludes. "I especially hoped to fight until the end, then this is a nice surprise."