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2019 Women's Tour Champion: Claire Steels

July 1st, 2019

ToS: Do you have any words of encouragement, support or advice for people who are interested in or are currently taking their first steps in the sport?

CS: It Is definitely one of the best things I have ever done. I have developed so much physical and mental strength, have met some incredible people through cycling and it has provided so many opportunities. For example, I now live in Mallorca and organise and deliver fitness and cycling holidays and training retreats.

The cycling community is growing, especially for women, and there are so many supportive cycling groups out there! Get in touch with your local group or club and get out for some group rides! Ask lots of questions and develop your knowledge and confidence.

ToS: Finally, what’s next for you? Are you eyeing any upcoming races in the U.K.? Do you have an interest in racing overseas?

CS: Im looking forward to the 2 days of racing at the Tour of The Reservoir and also Ryedale in August. I might be tempted to do the Ras in Ireland in September, I crashed out of that last year and feel as though I have a bit of unfinished business. As I live in Mallorca I have raced a little bit over here, although the women’s racing scene is pretty small, I would like to go over to mainland Spain to do some races in the mountains!

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