Kirstin Wild, Cervelo Test Team
Test Team’s leading sprinter Kirstin Wild took time out to talk to
WomensCycling.net recently. 2010 has started exceptionally well for the 27
year old, 1.78m Dutch sprinter. One of the taller members of the Women’s
peloton, Kirstin Wild is proving to be one of the top sprinters in the
made the switch from being a School Teacher in 2006, initially riding part
time, until 2008 when she became a full time professional cyclist.
who is in her second year with Cervelo Test Team, is one of the senior
members of the team, “I
feel really at home with the team, I think I am in the right place for my
career and I am very comfortable and a real solid member of the team. The
team are really open to new members and helping them to settle into the
environment, so for me it has been easy,” said Wild.
13 wins in 2009, 14 second and third places and a final finishing place of
second in the 2009 UCI ranking, Wild has one of the fastest finishing kicks
in the peloton. With one full month of the 2010 season completed the
victories have started to flow for Wild.
started the season like gangbusters with a win in the Tour of Qatar, thanks
to her fast-bunch consistency. She discussed the pre-season preparation and
why the start of the season went so well, “It
is funny really, I spoke with my trainer about my early form. He said it was
too early to be in good shape. I was maybe in slightly better shape that the
others which was a surprise but it was good enough to win.”
The first stage
(103.5km) of the Ladies Tour of Qatar from the Museum of Islamic Art to Al
Khor Corniche ended in a bunch sprint. Wild, defending her title from 2009,
ended up with a puncture in the last 500 metres so could not contest the
sprint. "It was too bad that I punctured in the last 500 meters of the
race," said Wild. "I
felt really strong and we rode a really great race with our team.During the
race I was able to pick up some bonification seconds so I am not too far
away from the leaders position and everything is open for the next
won the last stage of the Tour of Qatar and with that stage win it was
enough to give her the overall for the second year.
"It was an exciting
race," said Wild. "We started with 4 seconds behind leader Bronzini and I was able to
close that gap in the intermediate sprints. Then I knew that it all depended
on the last sprint. My teammates did an incredible good job in the final.
They brought me into the perfect position and I was able to win the
sprint," she added.
Wild was really
happy about Qatar,
"It was a great team effort and a perfect start for the 2010 season.”
didn’t quite make it two in a row but came third at the Novilon Eurocup
one-day race. The 141 kilometres race went from Corvorden to Hoogeveen in
the Netherlands. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned-Nederland Bloeit) won the
competition with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger HTC- Columbia) taking second.
is a major sprint rival, Wild has many and reflected on her feelings and
possible pressure when it is a sprinters stage, “I
put pressure on myself. It doesn’t come from the team. I want to win, so
most of the pressure comes from me. If
the race is ending in a sprint that is my chance to win and that is what I
love to do for me and of course for the team,”
didn’t take long for Wild’s next win, in the Ronde van Gelderland the
second race in the Drenthe series, in its' 45th edition, was ridden without
radios. Cervélo controlled much of the tempo and set Wild up perfectly for
the win. Wild took first ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Ladies Team) and
Kristy Broun (Australian National Team). "We had a race plan that we
followed, and it was particularly important because the race was ridden
without race radios," explained Wild, "We had hoped that the race
would come to a sprint, there was no wind and everything went according to
plan. My teammates did a perfect job for me. The win was very important for
continued to provide her team with success, defending her previous wins at
the Omloop van Borsele for her third consecutive year. Wild won the 121
kilometres race in a sprint finish edging out Rochelle Gillmore (Lotto) and
Kirsty Broun (National Australia Team) in third.
"Right from the beginning of the race today we kept the speed in the peloton really high with the result that
we were left with a group of 15 riders," said Wild. "In the final Charlotte
Becker was able to attack together with Nicole Cooke (Great Britain National
Team), Ellen van Dijk (HTC-Columbia) and Liesbeth de Vocht (Nederland
Bloeit). Charlotte [Becker] had a pretty good chance, but they were looking
too much at each other and so when the bunch came back together for the
final I had to sprint. Despite the hard race my sprint went perfectly,"
April drew to a close, Wild made it two in a row winning the GP Stad
Roeselare in Belgium. This was Wild's second consecutive year of winning
both the Omloop van Borsele and the GP Stad Roeselare. The newest sprint in
the peloton pushed Wild to the line, Chloe Hosking (HTC-Columbia) made Wild
work hard for the win and pushed her to the line, but only managed second,
Annemiek Van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit), who like Wild has had great early
season form took third.
was tired after the two days of racing, "The
race was great again. We had a perfect situation in the break, then when the
peloton took the break back it was our team that did the work in the final.
The team brought me into a perfect position enabling me to sprint to my
second victory of the weekend."
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 and given her height, Wild
discussed the challenges of keeping her weight under control, to allow here
to keep up with the smaller riders on the climbs? “For
me it is the biggest competition for myself. I like food but I have a good
balance. Of course when you
loose weight it makes you a better climber but I am good in the sprints and
I can get myself over the climbs I need to survive.
There is always space for development,” added Wild.
thought about which race she would like to win that she hasn’t won so far?
“I haven’t won that many races really, so I still have lot to win. I
would really like to win my home Nationals’, that is special for all
cyclists. The Tour of Flanders is one I really want to win, it’s one of my
most favourite races.”
Most cyclists use the down time from racing to try to relax, Wild is no exception, her hobbies include; Music, sports in general, and spending time with family and friends. “I enjoy time with my boyfriend. I like to read, I am reading the Millennium-trilogy, by Stieg Larsson. The Millennium-trilogy consist of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. They are good books and I like to read them."
the life of a professional cyclist is challenging, Wild was asked what the
most challenging part of being a professional cyclist was for her, “I think the time away from home is the hardest, missing family
events and not seeing friends. That
is the hardest part for me. In the spring I don’t get much time but then I
get some time between the tours. For me though it is not like I am doing
this for my whole life. I like the travelling. It is just a small part of my
life. I enjoy what I do and have a great life. If I wasn’t a professional
cyclist, although that is difficult to imagine, I have cycled my whole life,
I like all sports but I think it would be a team sport, like Volleyball. I
like riding my bike so much I will ride even after I retire.”
was asked what music she listen to, to relax? “I
like to listen to the radio, it is always different, but I like lots of
music too, I like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and soft rock, like Alanis
Wild reflected on who she admires and looks up to in the world, “In cycling, Fabian Cancellara, he has a don’t look back and just go
attitude. In Women’s racing, Leontien
van Moorsel for everything she achieved. In my personal life I look up to my
parents. They have always been a great inspiration.”
you, Kirstin for your time and good luck for the rest of the season.
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