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Women's Tour: The reality of life on the road

Team Matrix Fitness are based in Belgium, but they travel all over the world to race.

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The whole team are used to living out of a suitcase and settling in to their home from home - the team camper van.

Inside the camper: A home from home when the team are on tour Credit: ITV News Anglia

The team can spend hours inside the camper, counting down to a race. They have to keep off their legs, to save as much energy as possible. That means all the riders have developed their own unique ways of getting into the zone. Laura feels sick before the start.

"I feel really sick before the start and stuff, but if I didn't, I'd have a bad day, because that's me, that is what I do. I get myself in such a state, to the point where I actually feel like I'm physically ill, but that's just what I do."

– Laura Trott
Pre-race preparation: Laura focuses on the race Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mel just likes to get lost in her music on the run up to the race.

"I like to just listen to my music, not think about the race, more distract myself from the race. I don't like to really focus that much on what I'm doing."

– Mel Lowther
Getting in the zone: Mel likes to listen to her music before the race Credit: ITV News Anglia

With hours to kill, there's always time for a tweet or two. Elinor and Lucy keep their followers up to date with the highs and lows of life on the road.

After the race, the team have dinner at the hotel together. This usually means a menu of chicken, pasta and tomato sauce. The riders burn about 2,000 calories a day, so their diet is crucial.

Dinner time: Chicken, pasta and tomato sauce on the menu...again Credit: ITV News Anglia

If the team ever get bored of pasta, Laura always has a couple of special ingredients in her bag...

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