Johnson Health Tech GP Series blog: Annie Simpson in Stoke-on-Trent

I’m over the moon to win the Johnson’s Health Tech GP series. Everyone has ridden really well during the series, and because of the quality of women here, I’m glad I managed to keep the series lead all the way through.

Winning the opening round in Oxford really stands out for me. I had only finished university two days before, and I didn’t know how I would be going there. I went to the race with the aim of enjoying it. I attacked and to win the race was one of the highlights of my career. I was studying sports exercise and nutrition – I’ve just got to wait now until June 28 to get my results.

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I really felt at my peak in the first two rounds, but these final rounds I haven’t been sleeping as well because of all the travelling. It’s a vicious cycle – it’s taken its toll a bit but I hung on to win. I’ll be staying in bed today I think as a treat!

We wanted to beat Node4-Giordana on the team standings, as it’s been close between us for the whole series. The (Matrix Fitness-Prendas) girls are really young but we’ve all grown throughout the series. I had a shocking round in Woking on Tuesday night – I wasn’t in the race at all but they carried me through to the finish and both the overall and sprints jerseys are down to them. I’ve been giving my family the flowers and everything after all the races, and it was really nice to win the overall series in front of them.

We want to go and make our mark at the nationals, and then the crit nationals is a local race for a lot of us. I feel I can go into that and be confident and hopefully do something there!