Insider with: Loren RowneyTue 23 Aug 2016
Next up from ORICA-AIS for an 'Insider' is 27-year-old Loren Rowney. The Queensland rider was in fact born in South Africa and lived there for the first eight years of her life with her parents and brother before they decided to re-locate to Australia. She also holds a Dutch passport and lives in Spain whilst racing.
Rowney joined the Australian outfit at the start of the 2016 season and has played an important role as a support rider in many races but has also enjoyed success herself this season when given the opportunity.
The ORICA-AIS rider recently won a stage of the UCI 2.2 race Tour de Feminin, when she came up against sprint star Jolien D´Hoore (Belgium National Team), in a head to head sprint and proved once again that she has speed in her legs when needed.
Here you can get to know more about Loren:
What was your best race so far this season?
“In Dwars door Westhoek, I felt like I was in the "flow" the whole race. I put myself in the position to win the race. I just didn't get the last ten kilometres right but I felt strong, like a real contender.”
Which race were you most nervous about this season?
“The Tour of Flanders. It was my first time racing it and I put a fair bit of pressure on myself to do my job well and it is such a big, prestigious race.”
Do you have any interesting or weird facts about yourself?
“Otherthan my multi-cultured background, I am rather tall and I use to play underwater hockey. I also have a super power which is snoring. I´m not sure my teammates like that one though.”
What is your favourite meal?
“Probably a solid burger, sweet potato fries and a chocolate thick-shake.”
Who influences or helps you the most when you're at races?
“My teammates and best friend Carlee Tayler. Carlee is my 'go-to' on the start line to get rid of those race day nerves. Also jamming with the team in the camper before the race is always a good way to kill nerves.”
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
“I want to win a stage at the Boels-Rental Ladies Tour and to compete in the world championships. Both races are fairly flat and very likely to end in sprints.”
What is the first thing you will do after your final race this season?
“Hopefully I will be in Qatar for the road world championships, so probably spend around 50 Euros on a glass of champagne.”
What do you miss most being away from home?
“Probably my bed and my fluffy white bunny - Honey Bunny.”
Finally, if you weren't a cyclist what would you be?
“Maybe a hippy living in a tiny house in Colombia somewhere, doing yoga, conservation work and learning Spanish.”
We wish Loren the best of luck for the remained of the 2016 season and on achieving her final goals.