Insider with: Katrin Garfoot

Sat 17 Sep 2016

34-year-old Katrin Garfoot is the next rider we take a look at from the ORICA-AIS team. Garfoot is a German-born Australian who began cycling just five years ago, three years after she first moved to Australia.

The current Australian time-trial champion made an incredible transition into cycling having previously competed in athletics at a junior level. Her first major achievement came at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze medal in the individual time-trial.

Katrin, known by her teammates as 'Kat' is a valuable member of the Australian outfit with many physical strengths along with her funny, dry sense of humour. 

Here you can get to know a little more with her short but sweet answers:

Which race was your best so far this season?

“The Ladies Tour of Qatar, because I surprised myself.” Garfoot won a stage in this year’s Ladies Tour of Qatar a flat, windy race usually one for the sprinters.

What is the worst thing that has happened in a race this year?

“When I was snotted on by other riders in the bunch. I hate it when that happens.”

Which race were you most nervous about this season?

“The Energiewacht Tour”. Another flat, windy race usually with lots of road furniture and crashes it can be a very nervous, stressful tour.

Do you have any weird facts about yourself?

“I have the tendency to leave cupboards open.”

What is your favourite meal?

“It has to be Gnocchi with sage and butter.”

Who influences or helps you the most when you're at races?

“Probably the team mechanics.” ORICA-AIS mechanics are Pat Ryan and Wayne Nichols.

What is the first thing you will do after your final race this season?

“Look forward to going back home to Australia to my husband." 

Finally, if you weren't a cyclist what would you be?

“Either a principle at a school, the prime minister of Australia, a novelist, a teacher, or a mum.” 

We wish Garfoot the best of luck with her final preperations ahead of the World Championships in October.