Women’s Cycling Profiles: Anna Potokina

Anna Potokina

Date of Birth: 18th June 1987
Nationality: Russian
Team: Servetto – Piumate – Beltrami TSA
Former Teams: Lointek
Career Achievements:
1st – National Championships Road Race (2015), Stage Tour of Bretagne (2011)
2nd – National Championships Road Race (2018, 2012), Stage Vuelta a El Salvador (2014)
3rd – National Championships Road Race (2019)
4th – GC Tour of Zoushan Island (2018)
5th – Ljubljana Domzale Ljubljana TT (2017)

Who taught you how to ride a bike & how old were you?

My cousin taught me to ride at the age of 12. It took 15 minutes, I learnt fast.

What was your first ‘proper’ road bike & what colour was it?

I didn’t have any proper road bike. My first road bike was given to me by my cycling school when I was 14. I never owned it, and they changed it for another almost every year. So there are many bikes, very old from the 1980s I think.

What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?

My performance was boosted by my character and my work, so I can’t say anything about my kit from 18 years ago. It was ugly and always too big in size for me then.

What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?

As I live in Italy in Asti, I like every road here. Mostly the area of Langhe and towards Torino (Turin) and of course the Alps mountains around Sestriere.

Anna Potokina

What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?

My tip is that cycling keeps me among all of the beautiful nature and can take me beautiful places where sometimes you can’t get even to with a car. And yeah it keeps me fit and skinny.

What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?

After almost 20 years of cycling, I don’t have a bucket list to do on the bike. Maybe I just want to ride for my health and not to be prepared for races. Maybe in some years, I hope I’ll be able to do it.

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