Q&A: Anna Badegruber (Team WNT Pro Cycling)

The third Austrian Q & A today is with Anna Badegruber of British UCI team, WNT Pro Cycling – thank you Anna!

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Q&A: Anna Badegruber (Team WNT Pro Cycling)

“The best thing about being part of the Team WNT” says Anna “is that I can develop further. The team is a long term project and all riders act like a team and help each other and we push ourselves”.

1. How did you get into cycle racing …
Anna: As a child, sometimes I was going for a ride with my family and I really enjoyed these rides. Because of my family and especially my father, I then started racing my bike.

2. What’s your favourite discipline in cycling?
Anna: ITT, stage races and hilly and hard one day races

3. What is the best thing about bike racing?
Anna: You get to know so many different people, cultures and countries, traveling, being in the nature and pushing yourself to the limit

4. What was the highlight of 2016 for you and why?
Anna: I am Under 23 hill climb Champion of Austria – I really did not expected that!

5. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Anna: Emakumeen Bira in Spain and Thüringen Rundfahrt (Germany)

6. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Anna: Thüringen Rundfahrt, because all riders who were going to the Olympics were there and it was the last big ‘Test’ before the Olympics

7. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Anna: I learned how to keep my position in the peloton and how to move about in the peloton (I have to improve it further ) and to pedal with more cadence.

8. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?
Anna: At the moment I do not know it because my new equipment is on its way. And because of that I cannot say what my favourite one is because I have to try all the stuff first. But eventually I think the Specialized S-Works Tarmac bike.
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9. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Anna: Turbo and definitely with music

10. Will you stay home to prepare for next season during the winter or get in a training camp or two abroad to get in some serious miles?
Anna: I have been on a training camp from the 26th of December until the 6th of January in Mallorca, and in February I will go to the team camp in Spain. The rest of the winter I will stay in Austria.

11. When did you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Anna: In November I started with first long steady miles and then a mix with efforts

12. What are the goals for 2017?
Anna: Eventually to take part at EM (European Championships) or WM (World Championships), develop further, be helpful for the team, and to be in the first two thirds of the race

13. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)
Anna: It consists of bike riding ( outside and on the turbo/ rollers) sometimes running, XC skiing, gym work, stretching

14. Finally, what have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Anna: To go on a training camp if it is possible and if you can’t go on a camp, give your maximum on the turbo. XC skiing helps me to stay motivated and think of my goals and dreams and to work hard for them.

Good luck Anna in 2017!



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