Little Interview: Kelli Samuelson
Favourite bike -
I'm not sure I have a favorite, I love my Vigorelli's but I love doing a lot of different kinds of riding so.... I love them all! My husband had a custom Stinner cross bike built for me so I'm really excited to get that and my new Cinelli Road bike "Strato Faster"
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Favourite ride -
I've been extremely fortunate to have been able to ride all over the world. But anywhere in Italy, it's my home away from home!
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Favourite food -
I try and eat a pretty strict diet especially during the race season. But I have a sweet tooth and am a sucker for gelato.
What made you start cycling?
Living in Seattle going to college, I commuted and rode around the city with friends. I grew up in Idaho riding mountain bikes with my brother, but it wasn't until later in life that I was really hooked.
How long have you been riding and racing for -
I'm starting my 4th year of serious racing this year, but I've been riding for 9 years.
What is your weekly training plan like?
It really depends on the week or what races I have coming up. Currently I'm recovering from major hip surgery so my training is a lot of strength training and easy rides. I also cross train with weights or swimming.
What do you struggle with when training?
In the past I struggled with having a chronic injury, so coming out of surgery I'm super motivated to gain back even more strength then I had before.
Who and what inspires and motivates you?
My teammates on LA Sweat, I like to think I surround myself with some of the best women in the sport. And my goals keep me motivated.
How does it feel being the only female on Team Cinelli x Chrome?
Team Cinelli Chrome is more then a team its a family. To me it doesn't matter if I'm the only girl or not. It's all the same to me.
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What has been your hardest race to date?
Ras Na mBan in Ireland, I have a love hate relationship with it. It's a 5 day 6 stage race in the countryside and the last 2 years I've had an injury making it impossible for me to finish.
Is the Red Hook Crit as scary as it looks and sounds!?
No, I don't think it is. You take a risk walking down the street or driving in a car. Taking risks is just a apart of racing.
What advice can you give to riders who want to start racing?
Don't half ass it! If you want to race and succeed, put in the work, train hard, train smart and you will see success! And have fun!
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What changes do we need to see within the cycling industry, in order to gain equality for women?
It's a " chicken before the egg" kind of question I think. It's something i'm very involved in and passionate about. There are a lot of things that need to happen, from more media coverage, equal prize money, better team sponsorship support, minimum salaries, to more race opportunities. So the question which do we fight for first?