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by Shane Stokes
April 6, 2018
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Although chasing a medal in the Commonwealth Games was one of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s chief goals for 2018, the South African rider has explained why she has reluctantly given up on that goal.
“Thinking about the last Commonwealth Games where I won my bronze medal, I get a rush of emotion. Undoubtedly, it was a breakthrough race in my career and getting up on that podium was big moment for me, my family, and everyone who helped get me to the start line. I felt so much pride as a an athlete, as a South African, and a as a woman.”
Moolman said that she had “multiple discussions” with her trade team, Cervelo Bigla, and SASCOC [South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] in recent months, “and, after exhausting all possible scenarios, we have decided focusing on my goals in Europe is the best path for success.
“SASCOC and my team have both been very supportive and patient during the decision making process. We considered how the road race course didn’t suit me, especially against the depth of the big cycling nations such as Great Britain and Australia. We considered just going to compete in time trial but it’s a specialist discipline that needed more preparation time than we had available. We also considered that April is the most important racing for me during the European season. Everyone at Cervelo Bigla, myself included, have been working towards specific goals during the Spring Classics and I would have to abandon my team and my position as lead rider during those key races.
“Add in the toll of travel, jet lag, and the high personal expenses I would incur and we all knew what the logical conclusion was. It took a long time to accept that the math just didn’t add up. I knew a while ago in my heart the best thing to do was to miss Commonwealth, but it took a lot longer to make the official decision.”