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Women’s Cycling Profiles: Peta Mullens

Peta Mullens
Peta Mullens (1)

Date of Birth: 8th March 1988
Nationality: Australian
Team: Roxsolt Attaquer
Former Teams: Hagens Berman & Wiggle Honda
Career Achievements:
1st – National Championships Road Race (2015)
3rd – Stage O cenu Českého Švýcarska (2016), Stage Tour of NZ (2009), Stage Tour de Bretagne (2007)
4th – 3x Stage Tour Down Under (2020 & 2017), Oceania Championships Road Race (2009), Stage Geelong Tour (2008), Stage Tour de Bretagne (2007), Stage Route de France (2007)
5th – Stage Tour Down Under (2020), Winston Salem Classic (2017), Stage O cenu Českého Švýcarska (2016), Stage Tour of Chongming Island (2007)
6th GC Tour Down Under (2017), GP Comune di Cornaredo (2014), Stage Route de France (2007)

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

I can’t even remember! My bike riding memories go from 4 years old with training wheels, to 12 years old when Santa got me a cheap MTB, to second-hand bikes through my triathlon days. I’m the middle child in a family of 7 so I had to learn quickly to keep up with my older sister.

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

It was a Giant TCR, predominantly white with a bit of blue on it. I worked everyday after school at a bike shop for a year to buy that bike.

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

At an introductory level, buy shorts with a chamois in them, you won’t regret it.

At a more professional level, believe in your ability; numbers are just that, and surround yourselves with people who share your passion.

What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?

I love to adventure on new roads; I’m forever exploring segments on Strava to find new trails and places to ride.

Peta Mullens

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

Variety is the spice of life so try to mix it up. When I’m out of love with the road I ride my MTB, and when I’m out of love with my MTB I ride the gravel, and when I’m out of love with that I go back to the road bike.

Each discipline is a different crowd too so I can always find an escape from whatever it is that caused the bump in the road.

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

There’s still a few MTB stage races Jarrod [Morroni] and I want to do together; Pioneer, Reef to Reef, Port to Port. If COVID-19 restrictions allow it we might tick a few of those off this year!

And I’d never say no to returning to a few of the new classic races on the road; Paris-Roubaix joins that list!

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