Rider Interview – Kasia Niewiadoma

Kasia Niewiadoma – Cyclist



A former European U23 Road Race champion, and with two Polish National jerseys to her name, Kasia has become one of the world’s top riders in recent years. So it was no surprise to us when she used her cycling brain to take advantage on stage 1 of the Tour of Britain in 2017, to ride into green and take the lead. Retaining the jersey after an early challenge is always tricky in a stage race, but this feisty young climber from Poland and the WM3 Pro Cycling Team has the right spirit and fight, and stayed the pace throughout a damp and difficult week to carry the green jersey all the way to London, picking up the leaders jersey for the UCI Ladies World Tour too!

We caught up with Kasia during that Tour of Britain win, and asked her about the race and her cycling.


Kasia, you’ve had a terrific week so far, so welcome to Britain and well done

Thank you so much

We started looking at your racing about a year or two ago, as you started to really come through; you were a little bit fearless, always smiling, which is fantastic – how have you found it this week?

It’s been a really great week so far; I’m really happy to be here with the team and take in every stage. There’s still one stage to go, so hoping that everything goes smoothly and the weather will be fine, so … yes. I’m hoping for no crashes or accidents and this [due to the rain]…

It’s similar weather to Poland [rain]

Haha…yeah .. haha .. kind of yeah! I have to admit that’s true [laughs]

And today in the rain, how was that?

Yeah, I wasn’t bothered because of the rain, so I just kept riding and focused and it was fine

Next to Poland of course, Yorkshire is the cycling centre of the universe. We’d love to see you in the Tour de Yorkshire next year Kasia.

[laughs out loud] hahaha… okay, I will remember … keep it in mind!

Quick question … what was your first bike?

Merida 🙂

Merida …

[smiles] Yeah

And, where’s your favourite place to ride?

Mmm… I think I have to see more places before I can say ‘that’s my favourite one’ – so far I like it all. I just love riding.

Hills or flat?

It’s actually hills… there’s a lot of climbs out there, and I love climbing.

So you prefer the hills …

Yeah

We think that your career is heading skyward, and you’re definitely the best smiler on tour! It’s been absolutely fantastic speaking with you today, so all the best for the future

Thank you so much … thank you, bye bye


In a short space of time, Kasia has become one of the very top riders, and retains her smile and passion for riding. You can follow her career on tour below

Rider Interview – Fabio Aru

Fabio Aru – Cyclist



We recently interviewed Italian cyclist and former La Vuelta winner Fabio Aru and asked him all about his time in cycling, how it all began and what it meant to win his first Grand Tour. Interviewing Fabio, it was really interesting to find out how his own hero is none other than multiple Grand Tour winner and 2015 Giro winner and modern legend, Alberto Contador!

Also, like other modern greats, Fabio seems to have honed his handling skills on mountain bikes and cyclocross; probably a useful tip for any aspiring youngsters over the winter months!


What was your first bike?

When I was a child I used to ride my bike to commute. I owned a BMX and I rode around with friends, to go to the tennis court or to reach any places. Then as a teenager I had a mountain-bike with which I started racing. After that a cyclocross bike and just at the end a road model.

Who introduced you to cycling as a kid – was it your family?

I’ve always loved cycling, in particular I liked riding my bike to go here and there, but my first sport activities were tennis and football. Then I started riding mountain-bike with my father, but I can’t say there was someone who introduced me to cycling. I loved it, that’s all.

Where did you ride as a child and who with?

When I was around twelve I rode with my father nearby my town Villacidro in Sardinia. There were some nice paths on the mountains. Before, as a child I rode with friends in the streets of the town or alone to commute to everywhere.

Where is your favourite place to cycle (for leisure ) and who with?

I have no time to cycle for leisure. I ride always to train. When I’m on holiday I take a break from bicycle.

How did you get into cycle racing?

A sport director of an important U23 road cycling team noticed me when I was a mountain-biker but on that occasion with a selection of athletes of my region we were taking part to a road race. It was one of the first time that I rode with a road bicycle. He immediately thought that I had some good qualities and proposed me to reach his team and try this new challenge.

How did you get your nickname (Little Angel) Cavaliere dei 4 mori?

During the last Giro d’Italia some Italian tv journalists started calling me that way. I liked it and my fans club too. So it became my official nickname.

Who is your favourite cyclist and why?

My favourite cyclist has always been Alberto Contador and even now, that I know him as a cyclist and as a man, I can appreciate even more his good qualities.

Who inspires you and what’s the best bit of advice you can give to youngsters coming up through the cycling ranks?

As I told before, Contador was my model. To children and youngster that would like racing I just can say to never give up and always work hard, when training and during everyday life, because you have to be careful to what you eat, drink, to relax and sleep well. In the end to live an athlete life and this is not easy when all your friends live in a completely different way.

What’s your favourite race and why?

Not one in particular, but Grand Tours are my favourite kind of race.

How did it feel winning your first Grand Tour at La Vuelta?

It was something special. I trained a lot to take this race. It is the first Grand Tour victory and let’s hope not the only one, but it will be always the first I won so it will remain special for me.