British rider Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) took the overall World Cup title by winning the GP de Plouay-Bretagne in France on Saturday.
This year’s World Cup has been one of the most exciting in recent years. The overall winner didn’t claim victory until the final lap of the final race. Last year Armistead led the series from start to finish. This year three different women have worn the leader’s jersey, which changed hands six times throughout the series.
Armitstead has been racing professionally since 2008. She took silver in the 2012 Olympic road rice behind Marianne Vos and has won the British national road race three times.
She is one of over 20 pros featured in Coach John Hughes’ upcoming eArticle, Learning from the Pros.
Armistead says, “I wish I had known when I was a teenager not to miss important family events for racing. You don’t remember the races and you don’t need to take it so seriously so soon. And as things do become more serious, don’t try to do everything yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for advice and support.
“But above all, don’t get too serious too young, and always be honest.”
In short, Armistead believes, having fun and enjoying the truly important aspects of life – time with family, friends, and outside interests – helps keeps cycling fun and a pursuit of passion, rather than becoming drudgery.
It’s something that can happen to a cyclist at any level, if you let it. But there are plenty of ways to avoid it, too.
Coach Hughes new eArticle will feature tips from pros on training, nutrition, strategy and tactics, and mental preparation to help you become a stronger rider – and to help you avoid the possible pitfalls along the way!
Learning from the Pros will be the first eArticle to launch on our new website. Look for it soon.
John Marsh is the former editor and publisher of RBR Newsletter and RoadBikeRider.com. A rider of "less than podium" talent, he brought our readers consistently useful, informative, entertaining info that helps make them better road cyclists. That's what we're all about here—always have been, always will be. Click to read John's full bio.