Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 28, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.

Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness

by CyclingTips

Fans of Australian women’s road cycling might have noticed that it’s been a quiet second half of the year for Victorian Lizzie Williams. Now, in a post on her personal blog, the 33-year-old has revealed that she hasn’t raced since the Festival Elsy Jacobs in May due to an ongoing battle with mental illness.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

In April this year I was taking on the famous cobbled sections (or they were taking on me!) of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, more commonly known as Flanders. A month later I was struggling to get out of bed, living at my parents house in Melbourne, my cycling future unknown. My anxiety and depression became debilitating.

I’ve experienced two periods of crippling depression in my life, lasting up to 4 months at a time. And to be honest, I thought that these times were behind me. However 2016 has given me a run for my money. It’s important for me to share what I have experienced over the past 6 months, not only to help with my recovery, and especially to be open and honest with my team, my family and my friends.

Shame and embarrassment is heavily felt during these bouts of depression and I’m tired of hiding this part of me. I’m not writing this to gain sympathy or recognition but instead educate people about mental health and provide awareness that even the most driven, determined, disciplined and successful individuals can suffer severely from mental health issues.

After some time off the bike, Williams appears to be back on track. She is set to head to the US in 2017 to ride with the Hagens Berman/Supermint team. We wish Lizzie all the best going forward and commend her for speaking out on an issue that affects so many.

Follow the link to read more at Lizzie Williams’ blog.