Women’s Cycling Profiles: Eri Yonamine

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Date of Birth: 25th April 1991
Nationality: Japanese
Team: Ale BTC Ljubljana
Former Teams: Wiggle High5, FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Hagens Berman
Career Achievements:
1st – 5x National Championships Road Race (2019-2016 & 2013), 6x National Championships TT (2019-2015 & 2013)
2nd – Stage Joe Martin Stage Race (2016)
4th – Asian Championships Road Race (2016)
5th – GC Tour de l’Ardeche (2016)
6th – GC Tour of Scotland (2019)
7th – Chrono des Nations (2016)

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

My coach taught how to ride a bike. He is the bike shop owner from which I bought my first road bike. I was 20 years old.

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

It was a red and white Specialized Amira with some black lines. It was such a beautiful bike to me.

Eri Yonamine

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

It’s a difficult question.

For performance, it’s important for me to have a well-cleaned & well-maintained bike.

What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?

When I stay my base in Europe, I always ride “Ardennes” area. It’s my fav area. Mostly I ride from Maastricht towards Bastogne (but not to Bastogne ????It’s too far.) There is no long long climb but lots of ups & downs with nice landscapes ????

Also I like anywhere to go to for races or a training camp. Because it’s almost always new roads for me.

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

I always put some treats in my pocket (ex. waffles for long rides ????) & on easy rides, I usually get a stop for coffee ☕️.

I make something an achievement for keeping the love & motivating as well ????

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

Umm ???? it’s a lot!

I would like to “WIN” one day in Europe ???? It’s the hardest “Bucket list”, isn’t it. I need training harder, getting stronger and some luck ????????

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