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[interview] What I know now that I wish I knew then

Boels-Dolmans interview thumbEen engelstalig interview overgenomen van cyclingtips.com.au met rijdsters van Boels Dolmans over de vraag: What I know now that I wish I knew then. Bruikbaar, leerzaam, maar ook vooral erg grappig.

We ask “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?” nearly every time we do an interview with someone for the first time. We ask the professionals. We ask the industry leaders. We ask the women on our group rides and the women leading those group ride. We ask the beginner rider and the experienced racer. We’ve discovered everyone has something to offer. We tell them we’re collecting advice for women that are new – to the sport, to riding in a group, to racing. What do you know that you can share with the women that are just starting out or trying something new? We’ve gotten some great responses. These tips are hilarious and serious and thoughtful and helpful, and we thought you might be missing them if you’re not a regular visitor to our homepage. These tips come from Boels-Dolmans. We spent a morning with the six riders that would line up for Trofeo Binda the following day. We asked Megan Guarnier, Ellen van Dijk, Evie Stevens, Christine Majerus, Chantal Blaak and Lizzie Armitstead to share some words of wisdom. They do so. Here.


Ellen van Dijk

Boels-Dolmans interview Ellen-van-DijkI think I always thought you should train as hard as possible and go as hard as you can but now I think – (the whole table jumps in to interrupt her)

Lizzie: You USED to think that but you don’t think that anymore?!

Evelyn: Hmmm, I have a memory of about two hours ago where I’m pretty sure you were showing us you still think that.

Well, my lesson is gone.

Lizzie: Your recovery rides are as fast as most people’s standard training rides.

I just want to say that sometimes it’s good to take some rest but I don’t know if really anybody believes me. It’s good advice.

Evelyn: It is good advice. Maybe you should take it.


Boels-Dolmans interview Megan-GuarnierMegan Guarnier

You do not need to wear underwear with your chamois. It’s ok to wear just a chamois. Oh – and chamois cream is a good thing
Lizzie: Oh, really? I think that’s terrible advice.

To each her own I guess.

Lizzie: Maybe that’s the real advice. Do what works for you.


Evelyn Stevens

Boels-Dolmans interview Evelyn-StevensThere are saddles that are comfortable, and you have to be picky about your saddle. If the first saddle you get doesn’t make your taco happy, it’s ok. You want your taco to be happy not angry.

Personally, I have gone through a bunch of saddles. I’m currently riding the Specialized Power saddle, and I don’t even need to ride with chamois cream because it’s that good.


Chantal Blaak

Boels-Dolmans interview Chantal-BlaakIt’s easier to ride in the wheels than in the front of the peloton all the time. When I was a kid, I was riding all the time in the front. A couple people would pass me always on the finish line. I think that’s how I got the nickname tractor. I pulled all the others. You do not need to pull all the others. They can pull you sometimes, too.



Lizzie Armitstead

Boels-Dolmans interview Lizzie ArmitsteadMy advice? Cycling isn’t that important. I have a few regrets. I missed really important family occasions for races. I don’t remember the races but I remember missing the family events. I think when you’re starting – well, all the time – you shouldn’t take it so seriously. It’s not worth missing a wedding for a race unless it’s the Olympics or Worlds.


Christine Majerus

Boels-Dolmans interview Christine-MajerusI think for someone who started late in cycling, the best thing I can tell you is that you can still become a really good cyclist. It doesn’t matter when you start. You don’t have to be impressed by the boys and girls that started at eight or nine or ten. Just keep going. Everyone can start at the beginning and go somewhere. Unless you’re at the very highest level, cycling only needs to be about having fun and feeling good and working on your own goals.



See part of the interview and the hilarious "taco talk" of Evelyn Stevens below.


This interview was original published on cyclingtips.com.au

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