Q & A – Susy Zorzi (Drops Cycling)

Another international Q & A, this time with Italian Susy Zorsi, a new signing for Drops Cycling in 2017

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Q & A – Susy Zorzi (Drops Cycling)

Susy explains “I started to notice the team in middle of season and started to talk with my coach about this new team and that they ride Trek bikes. I really like Trek bikes so I was also curious to see how the team work.

I saw a good team work and soon asked for a meeting with the team manager Bob Varney. So I’m really happy to be part of this new team and this is such a beautiful project and I’m looking forward to making a step up together with the team. I believe that it will be a super experience and help me grow as a rider.”

1. What was the highlight of the 2016 season for you?
Susy: The highlight of the 2016 season was for me Giro del Trentino. I come back after the bad crash in Emakumen Bira where a car hit me and then had a training camp at altitude to recover quickly. I had a really good shape and made a super race with the team and also for myself. Me and my leader were near to winning the race and only Rabo-Liv with Kasia Niewiadoma were faster than us. But I was really happy for the team spirit that we created and also I was positive for the National and Giro d’Italia.

2. What was your favourite race of 2016?
Susy: My favourite race of 2016 was Tour of Flanders of course. I hadn’t the result that I was dreaming of but it is always such an emotional race in Flanders. It is an iconic race and also my favourite race.

3. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you?
Susy: My toughest race of 2016 was Drenthe for me. I knew that I was in good shape but on second piece of pavè, I take it wrong and the race was over.

4. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Susy: It was to be confident with myself and also use the head during the race. My leader to be honest, teached me a lot about this. So I’m confident for next season to use what I learned during the racing.

5. What is the piece of equipment/clothing that you are looking forward to most in 2017?
Susy: For sure the bike. Trek is one of the best bikes.

6. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Susy: Depends which kind of race. If it is a classic or stage race, just a small lap on road, if it is a TT or the start will be fast and I must be ready, then it is rollers or turbo with of course good music!
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7. What’s your favourite discipline on the road; road racing/crits/time trials and why?
Susy: My favourite discipline is road racing because this is where I can express my ability but when I was junior it was also the TT because my body is more a diesel.

8. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Susy: I started training in middle of November with some gym (core stability – walk in the mountains) then in December I will go to Calpe (Spain) to do some long training but also some power work. Then in January, I will go to Australia for a month with the team and I will race there and also training in between races. Then I will be ready for my kind of races, the classics.

9. What are the goals for 2017?
Susy: My goal will be the Tour of Flanders but also the other classics, they will be my first goals.

10. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)?
Susy: For me, winter training consists in the first part, gym and walking in the mountains; to do something different and not only bike. But in the second part, do good a bike base and continue in the gym.

11. Finally, what have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Susy: It is important to do a good winter with a good base. You win the race in spring or summer in winter! This my saying.

Thank you Susy and great luck in 2017!



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