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Lizzie Armitstead (Cervelo Test Team/ Great Britain) and Megan Dunn, Australian National Team

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There are many talented young cyclist around the world. Over the next few weeks in the run up to the Melbourne World Championships and Commonwealth Games, we will chat with some of the stars of today and the future. 

Lizzie Armitstead (Cervelo Test Team/GB)

Lizzie Armitstead is a world champion British track and road racing cyclist. She is a member of British Cycling's Olympic Academy and has represented Great Britain internationally. She has also won a silver medal in the Scratch Race at the Junior World Track Championships in 2005, she is also U23 European Scratch Race Champion and came second in the Points Race in 2007.

Armitstead was a member of the gold medal winning team pursuit squad at the 2009 Track World Championships, her second appearance at a senior world championship event. She also competed in the scratch race, where despite being brought down in the closing stages of the race, jumped back on to claim the silver medal. She completed the championships with a full set of medals, winning bronze in the points race whilst riding with her right wrist numb and strapped up — she was only able to move her forefinger and thumb.

In 2009 she joined the Lotto-Belisol cycling team and rode a number of top level road races. She won the under 23 category of the British National Road Race Championships and the silver medal in the senior category after some controversy. She is a key member of the current Cervélo Test Team in 2010.

WCN: At 21, 2010 has been a year where you have really stepped up in the pro ranks,  what has been the most challenging aspect for you?

EA:The most challenging aspect for me has been the fact that I have had to perform at every race. I feel a responsibility to be in good shape at every race as the team success depends on that.

WCN: You have ridden Track and road this year what has been the best experience so far?

EA:My best experiences this year have been on the road, my preparation for the Track Worlds was hampered by injury and illness and I think that reflected in my results. The track Worlds were filled with pressure and expectation and I didn't have the form to deliver. I have had no pressure in the road season, every time I have had a result or a team result it has been a bonus because I didn't expect anything. The Tour de Laude was really good, we rode really well as a team and Emma is a very gracious team leader!

WCN: How do you compare the level of racing in the UK to what you are experiencing around the world?

EA:I haven't raced in the UK since I was a Junior except for the National Championships. The level is much higher in Europe, we don't have the same strength in depth in the domestic seen as in the rest of Europe.

WCN: Are you learning another language while in Europe?

EA:I'm trying to, but properly not hard enough! I need to learn Dutch really as I live in Belgium. I'm hoping to surprise some team mates next year when I understand more than they think I do!

WCN: If you were going try to emulate the achievements of another rider in the peloton, who would it be and why?

EA:I have a lot of respect for lots of riders in the peloton but there is nobody specific I would like to emulate, after all they are my competitors. Any rider who has combined the track and road and been successful is inspirational.

WCN: How are you dealing with being away from home so much?

EA:I am lucky that I have been able to create a home from home. I live with my boyfriend who is also English and a rider. That makes things easier. If I want to I can be home after a days drive. My family come and visit when they can but to be honest I would rather they use their holiday from work going somewhere sunny and enjoyable! I am home during the Winter, I make the most of that time.  

WCN: What key goals do you have this year? Are you close to achieving them?

EA:My goals this year were to compete in my first Omnium and see where I could make improvements. I learnt a lot form riding this event at Worlds and I'm looking forward to working on my weaknesses in the Winter. I wanted to contribute to the success of Cervelo Women's team, I think I have achieved that goal.

WCN: Do you take part in other sports?

EMAIL don't get chance too as I am racing all year round. I miss being able to do other sports without worrying about getting injured.

WCN: Do you consider yourself as role model for other young riders?

EA:I don't really consider myself to be a role model, i would like to be. If younger riders can look at me and think that they want to achieve something similar in a similar way then that would be nice and I would always try to help if I can.

WCN: Is cycling in your family?

EA:Everybody has a bike but I was the first person to start racing. My family are really active and supportive but cycling is not something that I go home and talk about too much, I like it that way. My older brother had just started racing which means I might have somebody to drag out training in the winter!

WCN: If you could change anything about Women’s cycling right now what would that be and why?

EA:It would be good if there was more investment in women's cycling, I understand the reasons why not. I think the biggest step forward could come form the uci, running women's races alongside men's races could increase our exposure and popularity.

WCN: What do you do to relax?

EA:I sleep a lot, whenever there is spare time at a race i sleep, I don't really turn my computer on unless we have a lot of spare time. I enjoy reading, romantic books normally! At home I enjoy spending time with friends, shopping, dreaming about how to decorate my apartment! 

WCN: What was the last book you read, would you recommend any good reading?

EA:The last book I read was 'The Reader' it was pretty good and makes you think about even when you have finished reading. If you like trashy novels, Celcillia Ahern is good!

WCN: With the pressure to gain track points for the Olympics will you be riding the Commonwealth Games in Delhi ?

EA:I am riding the road race at the Commonwealth games, it means I have more pressure to perform in the track World Cups but I wasn't going to turn down an opportunity to represent England, it will be great as I know my friends and family will be behind me.

WCN: The 2012 Olympics are less than 2 years away, given that Britain won the last Olympic RR with Nicole and won medals in the TT with Emma do this put more pressure on the team?

EA:There will be a greater expectation from the media but if you can keep your focus and avoid getting to nervous, it shouldn't really make any difference.

WCN: If you hadn’t decided to be a professional cyclist what would you have done?

EA:I would be travelling around the World deciding what I want to do.

 

Palmares

2010
:2nd Team Pursuit, [[2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships|UCI Track World Championships]]
:2nd Omnium, [[2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships|UCI Track World Championships]]
:1st Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin| Tour de l'Aude Stage 1 
:1st British National Road Race Championships Under 23
:2nd British National Road Race Championships 
:1st stage 6, La Route de France
:1st stage 3, Tour de l'Ardèche
:1st stage 4, Tour de l'Ardèche
:1st stage 5, Tour de l'Ardèche
:1st Tour de l'Ardèche Points classification

;2009
:1st Scratch Race, Round 5, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Copenhagen
:1st Team Pursuit, Round 5, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Copenhagen
:1st Team Pursuit, [[2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships|UCI Track World Championships]]
:2nd Scratch Race, [[2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships|UCI Track World Championships]]
:3rd  Points Race, [[2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships|UCI Track World Championships]]
:1st  British National Road Race Championships Under 23
:2nd  British National Road Race Championships 
:1st  Giro d'Italia Femminile -Giro Donne Young rider classification 
:1st Tour de l'Ardèche Stage 6
:1st Tour de l'Ardèche Points classification 
:3rd Tour de l'Ardèche General classification
:1st Team Pursuit, [[2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics]]
:1st Points Race, [[2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics]]

;2008
:1st Scratch Race, [[European Track Championships]], Under 23
:1st Team Pursuit, [[European Track Championships]], Under 23
:2nd Points Race, [[European Track Championships]], Under 23
:1st Points Race, Round 1, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Manchester
:1st Scratch Race, Round 1, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Manchester
:1st Team Pursuit, Round 1, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Manchester
:1st Scratch Race, Round 2, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Melbourne
:1st Team Pursuit, Round 2, [[2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2008–2009 Track World Cup]], Melbourne

2007
:1st Scratch Race, [[European Track Championships]], Under 23
:1st British National Circuit Race Championships
:2nd Points Race, [[European Track Championships]], Under 23
:4th Scratch Race, Round 4, [[2006–2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics|2006–2007 Track World Cup]], Manchester 
:6th European Road Race Championships, Under 23

2006
:1st British National Circuit Race Championships
:1st WCRA Criterium Championships
:2nd Scratch Race, [[British National Track Championships]] (Senior)
:2nd Points Race, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:2nd Pursuit, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:3rd Scratch Race, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:3rd National 500m TT, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:4th Scratch Race, [[UCI Track Cycling World Championships]] (Junior)
:4th Scratch Race, [[European Track Championships]] (Junior)
:4th Points Race, [[European Track Championships]] (Junior) - equal on points with 2nd and 3rd
:12th World Road Race Championships (Junior)


2005
:2nd Scratch Race, [[UCI Track Cycling World Championships]] (Junior)
:7th Points Race, [[UCI Track Cycling World Championships]] (Junior)
:1st Points Race, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:2nd 500m TT, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)
:3rd Scratch Race, [[British National Track Championships]] (Junior)

Megan Dunn (Australian National Team)

Every country wants to build their talent for the future and in particular be ready for the 2012 Olympics in London. Australia is no different. The various state programs and Talent identification schemes have generated some interest in cycling, but the deep talent comes from those who have grown up riding their bikes and have a instinct for racing. Megan Dunn is one of the riders for the future. She began cycling at the age of three and soon followed her older brother to the local cycling track where she began competing at the age of six.

Dunn, jumped in to limelight becoming the youngest winner of the annual criterium series in Australia, the Bay Classic. At 16 Megan managed to beat many riders more experienced than her on both the local and internal stage. Dunn went on to win the scratch and points races at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in 2008, and was also a member of the gold medal winning team pursuit squad. As a junior Dunn had succeeded on road and  track and in 2008 she was awarded Australian Junior Female Track Cyclist of the Year.

Womenscycling chatted to her after her first World Cup experience in Sweden.

WCN: This is your first year as a senior rider, what has been the most challenging aspect for you?
"The most difficult aspect for me was learning the different style of racing compared to the juniors."
 
WCN: You have ridden Track and road this year what has been the best experience so far?
The best experience so far would have been the road racing. Its so different to anything I've experienced and I'm loving being pushed to my every limit. Tour of Trentino was an experience I enjoyed.
 
WCN: How do you compare your first World Cup road experience with other races you have ridden?
Sweden was a definite favourite race of mine. I found it suited me not only been a one day race but the course was defintly in my favour. Again I learnt so much from each racing I'm doing with the Australian national team.
 
WCN: Are you learning another language while in Europe?
Yes Italian, very slowly however. We have lessons at the AIS base twice a week with our Italian teacher, Ariana.
 
WCN: If you were going try to emulate the achievements of another rider in the peloton, who would it be and why?
Marianne Vos. To me she is the ultimate rider to me. She is a world champion on the track and Olympic champion ( in points score which i specialise in) she is world champion on the road and cyclo cross and hasn't been out of the medal placings in the road race. She is a classy bike rider and conducts herself very well on/off the bike.
 
WCN: How are you dealing with being away from home?
This trip i've coped really well thanks to SKYPE! I'm very close with my family but i speak to them everyday so that makes been away for months very easy; but naturally everyone has moments where they miss home.
 
WCN: What key goals do you have this year? Are you close to achieving them?
My goals this year is to be selected into the commonwealth games team on both the road and the track and walk away with a gold medal. We will see in couple days how close i am to achieving this.
 
WCN: You have historically taken part in other sports (skateboarding etc) while racing. Has this changed now that you have moved to the senior ranks?
For sure. Cycling is my no.1 priority now and so many people put so much effort into ensuring i get the best out of racing so it would be unprofessional to be involved in other sports which may jeopdise my cycling. In my off season i do water skiing and motorbike riding however.
 
WCN: Do you consider yourself as role model for other young people in Dubbo?
Sure. I encourage young people to be involved in sport but also just to have dreams and goals  and to at least try to achieve them. I like to think i send that sort of message across when i talk with young kids etc.
 
WCN: Is cycling in your family?
Cycling is obviously in my family now but i didn't get involved in cycling because of my family. There more into motorbike riding. My Dad has a road bike and he ventures out every now and again! My younger cousin Bec has taken it up and has alot of talent and that showed when she won the u/15 sprint title last year after only 3 months of riding.
 
WCN: The 2012 Olympics are less than 2 years away, is this a goal for you?
Yes, with the changes in the Olympic track programme i no longer see myself as been competitive on the track to compete in the Olympics so this obviously is the reason behind my shift of focus to the road now.

Dunn
is optimistic for the rest of the season and the longer tours that start in May. She has to work hard to keep her sprint form

Thank you, Megan for your time and good luck for the rest of the season.  

Palmares

2010 2nd 10km Scratch Race Australian Track Championships SA
3rd 25km Points Race Australian Track Championships SA
10th 25km Points Race UCI Track World Championships DEN

2009
 


 

 




 

1st U19 team pursuit Junior World Championships RUS
1st omnium Junior World Championships RUS
1st points race Junior World Championships RUS
1st U19 Indiv Pursuit Oceania Championships AUS
1st U19 Scratch Race Oceania Championships AUS
1st U19 Points Race Oceania Championships AUS
1st U19 omnium Australian Track Championships SA
1st U19 points race Australian Track Championships SA
1st U19 road race Australian Championships QLD
3rd U19 scratch race Australian Track Championships SA
5th U19 time trial Australian Championships QLD
5th U19 team sprint Junior World Championships RUS
15th Road Race Junior Road World Championships RUS

2008







 

1st Scratch Race Jnr Track World Championships RSA
1st Points Race World Jnr Track Championships RSA
1st Team Pursuit World Jnr Track Championships RSA
1st Overall Jayco Bay Series Classic AUS
1st U19 Points Race Australian Track Championships NSW
1st Stage 3 Jayco Bay Series Classic AUS
2nd Team Pursuit Australian Track Championships NSW
3rd Stage 3 Jayco Bay Series Classic AUS
3rd U19 Indiv Pursuit Australian Track Championships NSW
3rd U19 Scratch Race Australian Track Championships NSW

2007 



 

1st U17 Scratch Race Australian Track Championships NSW
2nd U17 Team Sprint Australian Track Championships NSW
2nd U17 Indiv Pursuit Australian Track Championships NSW
3rd U17 Sprint Australian Track Championships NSW
4th U17 Time Trial Australian Track Championships NSW

2006

2nd U17 Criterium Australian Road Championships QLD
2nd U17 Team Sprint Australian Track Championships WA
4th U17 Road Race Australian Road Championships QLD
5th U17 Scratch Race Australian Track Championships WA
6th U17 Time Trial Australian Track Championships WA
8th U17 Sprint Australian Track Championships WA

2005

1st U15 Sprint Australian Track Championships VIC
1st U15 Time Trial Australian Track Championships VIC
1st U15 Indiv Pursuit Australian Track Championships VIC
1st U15 Scratch Race Australian Track Championships VIC
1st U15 Criterium Australian Road Championships QLD
3rd U15 Time Trial Australian Road Championships QLD

2004

1st U15 Indiv Pursuit Australian Track Championships TAS
2nd U15 Time Trial Australian Track Championships TAS
4th U15 1 Lap Time Trial Australian Track C'ships TAS
5th U15 Criterium Australian Road Championships QLD 
6th U15 Sprint Australian Track Championships TAS
6th U15 Road Race Australian Road Championships QLD
7th U15 Time Trial Australian Road Championships QLD

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