Stacey Riedel is the Weekly Rider! She is the current U23 National Cyclocross Champion, and the current U23 State Criterium Champion.
She is about to start her final year of Primary Education and Arts at Flinders University and squeezes in working as our good friends Cycle Closet as well as being a nanny to save money for my for a entirely self funded (boo!) upcoming European Cyclocross season.
IMAGES - Bart Raeymaekers, Russ Baker and Russel Christie-Taylor
Name - Stacey Riedel
Where do you live - Aberfoyle Park, South Australia
My brand new road bike would have to be my dream bike. It's a Focus Izalco Max with SRAM e-tap, and Zipp 303s. It's the lightest, most responsive, and best handling (road) bike I have ever owned and it's certainly a dream to ride! I'm not sure I'll find a bike which can top it any time soon (apart from my Foucus Mares CX).
What is your favourite local ride
My favourite local road ride is up Norton Summit, across the top through Marble Hill and Ashton, then back down Greenhill road. It's only a little loop but it involves a nice climb, an awesome descent with views over the city (and a sunset if you're out early enough) and rolling roads showcasing the beauty of the Adelaide Hills.
My favourite local Cyclocross ride is the Torrens loop. You really can't go wrong. It's away from traffic and pedestrians for the most part, it has plenty of technical sections and there is always opportunity to make it more technical or more challenging, such as finding branches to jump over! It's a fun, flowing loop which allows you to ride at a high pace, and somewhat replicate a race.
What is your current cycling goal
My current cycling goal is to be in the best form I possibly can for the Cyclocross World Championships to be held in Bieles, Luxembourg at the end of January 2017. I will be racing in Belgium and surrounding countries through December and January to ensure I am as fit as I can be and have gained as much racing experience as I can. My goal for the World Championships is to finish in a higher placing than I did in January 2016 (Heusden-Zolder, Belgium).
When I am on the bike I....
Am determined and never give up. I have a never say die attitude and will always give 110% to a race, that way, I can never be disappointed, as I know in myself that I gave it everything I had.
How did your love of bikes come about?
I started cycling through the SASI talent identification program in 2010 and began on the track, where after the first training session I was hooked. I loved the fast paced nature, and the adrenaline it provided. It was not until 2014 that I fell in love with the sport of Cyclocross, where I watched a local race and thought it looked like fun, then bought a bike, rode it once, and raced the next day! One race was all it took!
Share a cycling memory
I have many fond memories from my time on the track and road as a junior and U19, but my fondest memory, besides the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships, would be winning the U17 State Scratch Race in 2011. It was the first race I ever won, so it holds a special place in my heart. I was told I wouldn't be a very good track rider as I wasn't built for it, but this race came down to a bunch sprint and I sprinted as hard as my little legs could go and somehow managed to win it, making it all the more special.
I love to ride because....
I enjoy the thrill, the challenge, and the competitiveness of racing. I don't always love training but I love to race, and that keeps me going. I love to be challenged and cyclocross does that time and time again.
Stacey is sponsored by Cyclocross Minded / Horst Cross Spikes, USG Racing Team and Focus Bikes