Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 7, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alexander Kristoff and Marianne Vos crowned European road champions; Mikel Landa takes out the Vuelta a Burgos; Peta Mullens, Chris Jongewaard take Australian Cyclocross titles; James Hayden wins the fifth Transcontinental Race; Cameron Meyer rejoins Orica-Scott in three-year deal; Andrey Amador injured in training crash; Lucas Hamilton targeting Tour de l’Avenir success; Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves; Worst race ever? CCB duo survives rough Tour of Qinghai Lake; Former British champion Tim Harris and his Belgian Seat of Learning.

Ruth Corset on retirement and her career of two halves

by CyclingTips

Earlier this year, Ruth Corset called time on a career that included an Australian national road title, the ups and downs of national representation, and a dominant run on the domestic scene. Over at SBS Cycling Central Jamie Finch-Penninger caught up with Corset to reflect on what was really a career in two halves for the Queenslander. Here’s an excerpt:

“Things didn’t go well for 2011 and there’s a lot of politics in the selection process,” Corset said. “I found out that I wasn’t going to be selected for Worlds in 2011, they were looking for riders for a flat course, though it didn’t turn out to be too flat really. The selection process for the Olympics then was that you had to ride the World Championships the previous year, so I was out.”

Just like that, one of Australia’s best athletes found herself on the outside looking in, which was when she made the abrupt call to quit the sport entirely.

“I decided that was it. It was a very sudden decision. It was really tough, but I knew that I wasn’t going to be away from my family if I didn’t have to be. If I wasn’t going to make that goal of the Olympics, it wasn’t worth it.”

It was a rough time personally for Corset as well, going from that mindset of constant training and activity, targeted towards key goals and performance standards, to nothing. Thankfully the malaise wasn’t to last and it provided a springboard for the second coming of Ruth Corset in cycling. Not the international star, but the domestic champion, giving back to the sport as a mentor to the rest of the peloton whilst personally getting back to actually having fun with her racing.

Follow the link to read the full article at SBS Cycling Central.