Magdeleine Vallieres-Mill: Juggling with three bicycles
If Magdeleine Vallières-Mill tells you that she will ride, you must ask her to specify which bike she will use. She will participate this year in her fourth World Championships, in a third different discipline.
Vallières-Mill is known to excel on the cyclo-cross circuit, in the fall. In 2018, only 16 years old, she flew to the Netherlands for her first World Championships.
Later in September of the same year, she was in Austria for the World Road Cycling Championships. At the beginning of this year, she was back on her saddle in cyclo-cross to participate in her second world championships in this discipline, in Denmark.
The mountain bike was initially an extra workout for her. In the summer, she usually focuses strictly on road cycling. This year, she decided to do both. By having the World Mountain Championships near the house, it was the perfect opportunity for Vallières-Mill to reach the summit again. “I am really happy. It was my goal at the beginning of the year, to do all three, but I did not know what to expect. I had almost no mountain last year, “says the Sherbrooke cyclist.
Legs, they are good on any machine. In the mountains, the big difficulty for the young athlete is the technical aspect.
“The other girls are strong, the course is really intense, it’s harder than I thought. I practiced the course a lot so it should be fine. I improved in technique in the last two weeks, with my new bike. It’s going to be a big challenge for me. ”
The 19-year-old will be on the slopes Thursday at 13:00 in the junior category.
The same bases, but three different disciplines
His season is far from over. The Sherbrookoise will have to rest a bit before returning to the start line of the World Road Championships at the end of September in Yorkshire.
“My favorites are the cyclo-cross and the road, but mountain biking, I like more and more. It’s fun to change, when you’re tired you go on the road, after you come back to the mountains. It remains interesting all the time, “explains the woman who holds the title of Canadian Road Champion 2019.
Vallière-Mill also won second place at the Canadian Mountain Championships this year.
She wants to continue the three disciplines as long as she can. With college studies in the natural sciences, it can become difficult to stay focused. This is also his last year at the junior level.
“It’s hard because the training is not the same. It is necessary to stay often on the mountain bike because the technique is lost a little. On the road you make more volume, cyclo-cross is more of fast workouts. I will not stop right now, that’s for sure. We’ll see next year. “