Date of Birth – 18th January 1984 Nationality – Polish Team – Movistar Team Former Teams – Cylance Pro Cycling, Alé Cipollini, MCipollini-Giordana, S.C. Michela Fanini Rox & Pol-Aqua Career Achievements – 4x Polish National Road Race Champion (2018, 2015, 2010, 2009) 2x 1st Overall – Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile (2015, 2012) 1st Gran Prix San Luis Femenino (2016), Polish National TT Champion (2018) 2nd Overall Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile, Overall Tour Femenino de San Luis (2016), Grand Prix de Plumelec-Mobihan Dames (2018), Veenendaal Veenendaal Classic (2018) 5th World Championships Road Race (2018)
Who taught you how to ride a bike & how old were you?
I started when I was 12 years old because all my life I’d seen cyclists – my father was a cycling coach and my sister trained as a cyclist too. My brother and I decided to join in too!
What was your first ‘proper’ road bike & what colour was it?
It was purple, an unbranded bike and I remember it was really heavy!
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
Working with a coach on the mental side for a year, it’s true that my performance depends only on what I have in my mind.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
My favourite place to ride is Tuscany, I live there and for me it is the best place to do training.
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
I think it’s the special feeling when you are in shape, it seems like you have no limits and you can do anything – I’m always training hard to get this feeling.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
My bucket list is always empty – that gives me the hunger to achieve more!