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It’s the weekend of Paris-Roubaix and

I’m sitting at the kitchen table pondering

my evening ride. Paris-Roubaix or “the

Hell of the North” as its also known, is

one of those classics races that even as

a newbie to road cycling you realise it’s

special. It makes your heart race. The

cobbles, the velodrome, the history, it

grabs you. As you watch highlights of

previous races in the build up, your

heart pounds with excitement. You get

that feeling of “if only I”, or “could I do

that?”.

I took up road cycling last year when a

friend, (a bike mechanic), found me a 40

quid Falcon Reynolds 501 bike from

another local bike mechanic. Ever since

I have been gripped by the sport. When

you click in and hit that open road, that

feeling overcomes you; “this is where I’m

meant to be”, things just seem to make

sense.

RED LIGHTS, HEADWINDS AND B

Gary Shirlow


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Now a year later I’m pondering the

race tomorrow and wondering at my

age have I missed something in life.

I wonder how Matt Haymen at 38 felt

as he pulled off the unlikeliest of wins

at last years race and I think how He

must have felt going into what was his

15th attempt at this race. Talk about

perseverance!! I am one who believes

in purpose. I know that we are all

created for purpose and that each one

of us has a destiny to fulfil. Is Paris-

Roubaix mine, unfortunately at 35

I would have to say not very likely but

yet I still have a destiny to fulfil.


I have always loved bikes. My earliest memories of

cycling are of my Father and Grandfather’s

push-bikes as they headed of to work in the

morning. Or of a Sunday afternoon on the “bar” of

the bike as we headed off on our weekly family

outing. I remember clearly my first bike. It had a red

frame and black wheels and this really awesome

blue basket on front. I remember even more fondly

my black BMX that resembled that of the 1983

Honda XL500 trail bike featured in the tv series

Street Hawk. My favourite tv show as a kid. Oh how

I loved that bike.

As I return to my evening ride, I see on Strava that

I have managed to raise my average speed a to just

under 20 miles an hour (19.8 to be exact) not bad

for a 35 year old amateur I guess. I think of the

route along the River Bann and I imagine this was

my Paris-Roubaix. Every bump, every vibration and

grind on the roughed up road surface like the

cobbled stones through Carrefour de l’Arbre. Every

road here in the North coast of Ireland, I have come

to realise, has a head wind and at times tonight I

felt like there is no gas in the tank. Yet somehow

the strength was there to push through. Perhaps

those winter nights cycling 30 miles on the turbo

trainer is beginning to pay off.


This gets me thinking even more. Every bike ride

that I head out on I have planned to a certain

degree where I’m going, how I’m gonna get there

and ultimately where I’m gonna end up. The goal

of most of my rides is to end up on one

particular segment in Coleraine known as Union

Blast. Its meter 321m dash that ends just before

the main railway crossing in the town and

probably means nothing to most people but to

me its my Roubaix Velodrome. Its the place

where in crossing that line, affects how well my

ride actually went. I live about a quarter of a mile

from the crossing and I can never wait to get

home and check that time. Currently I am the

quickest for this year and 10th all time on the

sector. Ultimately its really nothing but its an

achievement for me, a late bloomer in cycling.

As I said every road I seem to ride on here

I encounter a head wind. They are tough and

slow me down but they do not stop me getting

to my destination. In fact they allow me to dig

deep, to find a strength that I didn’t know was

there and in the end they make me stronger.

They create character in me, a hope that if I can

just manage to see this through, it will be easier

next time. Sometimes I come to Red lights. Oh

the red light. At first I dislike them. I feel like they

are hindering me.


I realise though, that they actually allow me to

rest, to recuperate, to quickly re-asses how I’m

getting on. Ultimately they save me from oncoming

traffic, traffic that will cause me serious

damage. They help me get on to the next part of

the journey safely. They are protective.

So What am I saying in all this. Before we set out

we all need to know where we are going.

A strategy, a purpose to get us where we

ultimately want to end up. Then on that journey

realise that some days will be all downhill but

know that on some there will be bumps along

the way, that some roads will have head winds

that will slow us down.

Learn to not look at them negatively. Seek the

positive always. Look for how it can build your

character, for what you can learn, for how you

can do it better next time, for how you can use it

to your advantage. For those RED lights in life,

see what it has protected you from.

Be thankful for the pain and suffering that you

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

Riding”


I realise though, that they actually allow me to

rest, to recuperate, to quickly re-asses how I’m

getting on. Ultimately they save me from oncoming

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Interview by Hannah Shell

From Swimmer to Cyclist:

Maeve’s Path to

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rest, to recuperate, to quickly re-asses how I’m

getting on. Ultimately they save me from oncoming

traffic, traffic that will cause me serious

damage. They help me get on to the next part of

the journey safely. They are protective.

So What am I saying in all this. Before we set out

we all need to know where we are going.

A strategy, a purpose to get u where we

ultimately want to end up. Then on that journey

realise that some days will be all downhill but

know that on some there will be bumps along

the way, that some roads will have head winds

that will slow us down.

Learn to not look at them negatively. Seek the

positive always. Look for how it can build your

character, for what you can learn, for how you

can do it better next time, for how you can use it

to your advantage. For those RED lights in life,

see what it has protected you from.

Be thankful for the pain and suffering that you

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

Riding”


Q: How did your cycling career unfold after that?

Cycling took hold in 2015 or so. I struggled on the

national stages in my early years and wasn’t getting a

lot of results, but when I was around 15 or 16 I went to

my first nationals on a state team. I had no

expectations—I’d never raced a national championship,

but I had a lot of fitness from swimming behind my

back. I won a silver medal and broke the qualifying time

for entry into the South Australian Sports Institute

(SASI). After that, I became a part of the SASI team and

was given a coach, world class training, and the

resources of a prestigious institute. SASI guided me

through the last 3 or 4 years.

Q: What changed with SASI?

Moving into SASI and full-time cycling I started training

110 percent and wanting to do the extra hours and

kilometers. I’d go out with a group and everyone would

do extra, whereas in swimming it was more just do the

workout and leave. Being in SASI was great for

mentorship. I had a lot of women a few years above me

with great experience. SASI also built a gold medal

winning team pursuit team for the past several years—

which is extremely valuable, considering it is quite rare

to find four (or more) talented track pursuit riders in

one state. Overall, it was great to have consistent

training with strong, motivated women.


I realise though, that they actually allow me to

rest, to recuperate, to quickly re-asses how I’m

getting on. Ultimately they save me from oncoming

traffic, traffic that will cause me serious

damage. They help me get on to the next part of

the journey safely. They are protective.

So What am I saying in all this. Before we set out

we all need to know where we are going.

A strategy, a purpose to get u where we

ultimately want to end up. Then on that journey

realise that some days will be all downhill but

know that on some there will be bumps along

the way, that some roads will have head winds

that will slow us down.

Learn to not look at them negatively. Seek the

positive always. Look for how it can build your

character, for what you can learn, for how you

can do it better next time, for how you can use it

to your advantage. For those RED lights in life,

see what it has protected you from.

Be thankful for the pain and suffering that you

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

Riding”


Q: What was the biggest struggle transitioning to the

pool from the track?

I struggled with the tactics. I had a lot of fitness from

the pool, I swam in the pool and ocean some ten times

a week, plus running and other training. I had good

training ethic, but I had no knowledge in cycling and

wasn’t comfortable in big bunches. I started out quite

strong in the time trial and won my first junior road

national TT very quickly, but in fast and sketchy bunch

races I would struggle with confidence, which was quite

disheartening. After a little while I was actually looking

for different options, but I stuck it out and the

experience came around.

It took a while, but I’m happy to be here now. Every

time I move into a more advanced field I get that same

feeling of being overwhelmed, like in the big

international races. But I know confidence comes with

experience and years of racing. Initially took about two

years to get up to scratch in the junior field, and

another year or two in the elite national field. I’m only

just finding my feet in the international racing

nowadays.


Q: What do you think could help motivate other wome

aren’t interested in cycling to give it a try like you did?

What really got me loving cycling the most was the freed

gave me. I didn’t see myself as a cyclist at first, and thoug

sport in general looked a bit funny. However, once I go

bike and realized I could use it to not only train, but to e

outdoors, I was hooked. Cycling is not a repetitive sport

not swimming back and forth over the same black lines, or

weights every day.


Training is different, we’re doing long km on

the road one day, sprinting in criterions the

next, or pursuiting on the track. With a bike

I feel as though I can go wherever I want. I can

ride at any time of the day and get out and

see roads and country I’ve never explored

before.

Q: Congratulations on the bronze medal in

Australian track nationals. Did you think you

might be on the podium going into nationals?

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but going into the last race I didn’t think I’d be

on the podium because I hadn’t done well at

the beginning of the day. In the four races of

the omnium, I’d had a couple of average races

so I was really happy to pull a good result in

the points race and get back onto the podium

position.


Q: I saw you on the podium recently as

well in the Tasmanian Carnivals, how did

that race play out?

I was on the criterion podium in 2nd place

the first race. The carnivals are fun, a few

girls come down and it’s a whole week of

races. Three of them are crits. I was second

to Georgia Baker, who is a rider that I really

respect and look up to so that was cool.

Q: Last year you raced in the Tour Down

Under, did you like stage racing? Was that

your first experience?

It was my first UCI stage race, and actually

my favorite race of the season. I absolutely

loved it. The tour goes through my

hometown of Adelaide so I grew up

watching the race. I got a call up with the

TIS women’s racing team and took the

opportunity. I hadn’t done any road

training before the race but I ended up 5th

in the young rider classification. I’m not

doing it because of my commitments on

the track, I’m racing the Hong Kong World

Cup. But I would love to race it again.


Q: Any thoughts on giving a go in the U.S. criterion scene?

I would love to go to the U.S. I was going to come this y

(2018) but just started university and focused on the track

I kept this year a bit more quiet. I’m actually a Canad

citizen and I’ve always wanted to go back to Canada and ra

there.

All the Australian women that go say it’s a really go

experience and that the U.S. scene is exploding. I lo

crit racing and heard the culture in the U.S. is really f

The girls seem to get a lot of recognition.

I would like to race in the U.S. in June or July of 20

so shout out to any teams there looking for a rider!


Q: Any mountain bike races in your future?

*laughs* Just for fun at the moment. Totally focused

on track heading into the next Olympics. I’m a bit

young for the next Olympics, but I’m still training as

hard as I can. Track is the focus for the next four

years or longer.

Q: I saw your video on youtube about van life

(check out the link in her insta profile)—did you

travel the country in a van?

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competing in the commonwealth games and I had

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a van now for the next off season. We love

camping, exploring and low-maintenance kind of

trips. In Queensland we ticked so many items off

the bucket list, like the Barrier reef and waterfalls

and all sorts of other cool experiences and

locations. We also briefly did the Flinders Ranges in

the van a few months ago, where we brought the

mountain bikes. love our little van trips so I would

like to do more if we can find the time off training,

work and university between us.


Q: What’s your favorite training route at the moment?

In my hometown of Adelaide my favorite ride is the Saturd

hour along the beach for as long as we can hang on. The b

switching off until we get dropped. Then we ride back easy

By myself, I just do hill loops. Adelaide is great for road cycli

The coolest mountain bike ride was in the Flinders Range

Razor Back lookout. That was spectacular!


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Learn to not look at them negatively. Seek the

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character, for what you can learn, for how you

can do it better next time, for how you can use it

to your advantage. For those RED lights in life,

see what it has protected you from.

Be thankful for the pain and suffering that you

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

Riding”

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I realise though, that they actually allow me to

rest, to recuperate, to quickly re-asses how I’m

getting on. Ultimately they save me from oncoming

traffic, traffic that will cause me serious

damage. They help me get on to the next part of

the journey safely. They are protective.

So What am I saying in all this. Before we set out

we all need to know where we are going.

A strategy, a purpose to get u where we

ultimately want to end up. Then on that journey

realise that some days will be all downhill but

know that on some there will be bumps along

the way, that some roads will have head winds

that will slow us down.

Learn to not look at them negatively. Seek the

positive always. Look for how it can build your

character, for what you can learn, for how you

can do it better next time, for how you can use it

to your advantage. For those RED lights in life,

see what it has protected you from.

Be thankful for the pain and suffering that you

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

Riding”


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as often as I can.

that has been avoided. Finally regardless of how

tough life can be at times as Mark Walters told

They are every bit the performance clothing that they

Matt Haymen before Paris-Roubaix— “Just Keep

claim. The Click well to stitched visit the seams DS Pro and website support from the

Riding”

material feel really comfortable even on longer rides.


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