Is retirement at the end of 2020 still the plan?
Not necessarily. It’s quite far out to say at this point to say I’m going to retire in 12 months. I think a lot will depend on my family’s condition, what my husband’s doing, how Orla is. Without a doubt, the Olympics are the biggest focus, and after that I’ll evaluate.
Obviously, there’s a lot new in your life. Are you still finding joy racing your bike?
Yeah, more than ever. I got to a point in my career where I’d kind of gotten used to winning, and kind of forgotten why I was doing it, and now I just love riding my bike again. I love not being the strongest anymore. It’s like I’m climbing my way to the top again; I have a whole new set of goals and I’m really enjoying that process.
You’ve been a SRAM athlete for some time now. How do you like the product evolution?
It’s about having total trust in your equipment, and I completely trust my equipment. That’s a huge advantage, knowing that if I shift gears in a sprint, I can trust I’m going to be right in the gear I need. Disc brakes, obviously are a huge advantage. I didn’t quite realize! During maternity leave, that’s when I started training on a disc bike, and I thought ‘it’s good,’ but I didn’t fully understand it until I was racing against people on rim brakes. Your descending ability and cornering ability in the wet is just so much better.