The 33 year-old South-African star has her eyes set on the infamous Mount Baldy for her first participation in the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM (May 16-18).
Ashleigh Moolman (CCC Liv) was bound to participate in the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM (May 16-18). “I’ve been eager to race it since its inception, and now I finally have the chance”, the South-African star rejoices ahead of her first trip to the American WorldTour race after her strong start of the season was hindered by a crash in the Ardennes mid-April.
The 33 year-old star is one of the most successful athlete of her generation with eight African Road Championships title and successes all around the World… But California remained missing on her list until this season: “I’ve only ever raced the World Champs in Richmond [she finished 14th], so I’m really looking forward to experiencing the racing in the States. I’m also coming over earlier to spend some time experiencing the training there and acclimatising to the time zone. I’ve heard so many great things about California itself and the Tour, so I’m really excited to experience it in person.”
A strong time-trialist, Moolman is also an excellent climber. She has her sights set on the first stage finish atop Mount Baldy in the history of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM. “I’m really looking forward to it”, the South-African climber says. “Climbing is one of my strengths and I absolutely love uphill finishes, so I’m really looking forward to racing this stage.”
Ashleigh Moolman has very limited experience of racing in the US, but she’s already built connexions with the American scene. “We run a cycling tourism business in Girona called Rocacorba Cycling and we’ve had a couple of guests from the USA”, she explains. “They are always awesome guests to have and I love showing them around my training grounds. I have a particularly special friend/fan from the States who came over to Rocacorba Cycling to join a tour I hosted in October, so I’m looking forward to seeing him and to meeting new American fans. And I’m looking forward to experiencing the vibe at the US races, I’ve heard its great.” It is, indeed!