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by Shane Stokes
June 20, 2017
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Canyon-SRAM’s Leah Thorvilson. Photo by Russ Ellis
Although she has found things testing in her first year in the pro peloton, Leah Thorvilson has been given the nod to ride the upcoming Giro Rosa with her Canyon/Sram team. The 38-year-old former marathon runner secured her place on the squad thanks to a deal made with the virtual training platform Zwift.
It held a contest last season called the Zwift Academy and Thorvilson was one of three women who made it to the final round. This led to her being invited to join the team at its Majorca training camp and she was subsequently awarded a pro contract.
While her results have been modest thus far – she has been listed as finishing just one UCI race this year – she will be part of the team for the Giro Rosa, starting June 30. She admitted to Cycling Weekly that she doesn’t know what to expect. “On one hand there’s the part of me that is a cat 4 cyclist with a dream – it’s like I just won the jackpot. The Giro is the women’s equivalent to riding the Tour de France. Then there’s the reality side of it – which is scary.”
“The other races I’ve done have been the ones that allow the national and the club riders,” she said. “I’m not the only one making stupid mistakes. I think potentially I might be the only one at the Giro making stupid mistakes. But I can’t think about that at all – it won’t help. I do want to play a role for my team-mates – but I know it’s going to be intense.
“Climbing is my strength so it’ll be good to showcase that – but what goes up must come down. I just hope that I’m able to put myself mentally in a place where I can play the game and don’t take myself out of it by making stupid mistakes.”
Click through to read the full interview at Cycling Weekly.