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Women’s Giro d’Italia: Rachel Neylan

Having only been on the bike for two years, Rachel Neylan is a passionate sports identity in the Australian Women’s Professional Road Cycling Team; she’s flexible enough to go from National Runner, to 4th place at the Australian Road Cycling Championships Road Race in 2010.

Rachel Neylan will be the first to admit that she’s had a steep learning curve and considers that she’s had more embarrassing moments on the bike than she can remember; she’s inspired by the Olympic Games and considers Cathy Freeman to be one of her biggest inspirations, this 28 year old women is highly motivated and focused towards the future.

In anticipation of the Giro d’Italia Rachel took time out of her schedule to answer questions by Rowena Scott for Bicycles Network Australia (BNA).

BNA: You where a late starter in cycling, how old where you?


BNA: What’s your riding style?

Aggressive I’ve got nothing to lose.

BNA: Do you have a favorite race?

There are only a handful of races I’ve actually done twice. Probably the Mt Bunninyong Nationals, the harder the better I think!

BNA: What’s your best placing?

4th at Aussie Nationals 2010

BNA: Undulations, mountains or the flat, if you could only do one which would you choose?

Undulations and Mountains.

BNA: Do you have a pre-race song?

Stronger – Kanye West

BNA: What’s or who is your inspiration?

What – The Olympic Games/Green and Gold.
Who – Cathy Freeman and Layne Beachley

BNA: What’s your most embarrassing moment on the bike?

Too many to count – I’ve had a steep leaning curve, put it that way!

BNA: How much coffee do you think you consume?

At least one daily, on a sunny day recovery ride stopping at more than one cafe is not uncommon!

BNA: What are the worst and the best things about training?

Worst = raining and cold.
Best = the feeling of a good session that is achieves my goals

BNA: Best place in the world to be a cyclist?

Australia, we get to race in Europe summer then return home to have down time in the Aussie summer!

BNA: What would you like to see change in women’s cycling in Australia and/or over the world?

Women’s races alongside men’s – therefore sharing TV coverage leading to greater publicity and return for sponsors which in turn means more potential to sustain professional female teams with better lifestyle and support for female riders and in the end better racing.

BNA: What’s the best thing about being an Australian Athlete?

Wearing green and gold and the amazing respect, support and encouragement I get from people seeing me pursue a dream.

You can keep up-to-date with Rachel at her website www.rachelneylan.com, we look forward to speaking with her again and wish her all the best for the Giro d’Italia.

Rowena Scott
Rowena Scotthttp://www.sheridescycling.com.au
is a Melbourne based road cyclist and covers women's interests in cycling, you can view her website at www.sheridescycling.com.au
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