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by Shane Stokes
April 14, 2018
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The recently-formed Cyclists’ Alliance has announced a new mentoring programme which will pair experienced professionals with riders hoping to make a peformance breakthrough. The first partnership to be announced is one between Annemiek Van Vleuten and Claire Rose.
“These two riders represent the best aspects of the Alliance and its membership,” said the body in a press statement. “Annemiek is a proven professional and a world champion, and is one of the peloton’s most respected peers. Claire is a rider with proven capabilities, but looking for the key insights which may help her discover her true potential and achieve her career goals.”
Rose, 30, won two stages in last year’s Cascade Classic. She is currently sidelined due to illness, but is aiming build up her physical and mental fitness to win world and Olympic time trial medals. “Part of it is proving something to yourself, but the science of the challenge also appeals to me,” she says. “But the most important part of that challenge is to overcome the psychology, to discover the focus and confidence to become a champion. That’s something I want to learn from Annemiek.”
Van Vleuten is the current world time trial champion and one of the best riders in the world. “The board asked if I would like to be a mentor, and I think this is a good way to give something back to my sport,” she said. “I am especially interested in sharing my experiences with the young riders, and to help them deal with the challenges which I had to overcome when I first started.
“Mentoring is a way we can encourage riders to stay in the sport, and to learn what they need to know to improve after they experience disappointment. I want to encourage them to continue forward, because it is so important that we hold onto our talent and build a better sport.”
Click through to read the full statement here.