What makes a road racer tick? Redchilli Bikes meet Charlotte Berry
With the announcement earlier this year that Redchilli Bikes are (proud) to sponsor Finish Line Racing for 2021, we’ve been busy getting to know the Team DS [Directeur Sportif] Rick Lister and the 6 talented riders that will be racing for this new and exciting, UK based elite women’s race team. Over the coming weeks, we’ll bring you a 5 minute Q&A with each of the riders, with the final installment being with Rick himself.
RB: How did you first get involved with cycling?
CB: I was on crutches with a stress fracture from running, madly wanting to be active again. My partner Jay cycled and raced. He said I should get a bike, but I remembered cycling on a big clumpy MTB style bike. We ordered a road bike, I rode it down the road and never looked back, it felt so fast and cool. He died nearly 3 years ago. Cycling, racing and the community that comes with both have been a huge support for me during that time. The bike is an awesome form of therapy.
RB: How would you describe your racing style?
CB: I am a punchy sort of rider. I have a good kick and an alright sprint.
RB: 2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. How have you managed to keep motivated and focused?
CB: I love riding my bike and training so I was okay. There were a few points I got frustrated about not being able to race or the situation as a whole but that didn’t make me not want to train. I’d say training and being out on the bike got me through this year!
RB: What excites you the most about racing for (and with) Finish Line Racing, and what do you hope you can bring to the team?
CB: Rick was my DS in 2019, we had the best year as a team, he knows exactly how to handle me as a rider; exactly what to do and say to get the best out of me. I’m a great team player, I give my all to the team plan and my team mates.
RB: How do you organise your training during the winter months, and are there any specific areas of your riding that you will concentrate on?
CB: My coach organises my training. We would normally sit-down face to face to discuss future plans, the last season and how we plan to get there. To begin with, it’s all about getting a good set of base miles in, and then focus on specifics for next year.
RB: With regard bike racing, what is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
CB: ‘It’s just a bike race’ and ‘Shut up and just get on with it, you know what you’re doing.’ This was following a Pre TT [Time Trial] breakdown when my power meter broke. I then smashed my PB….
RB: What are your main goals for 2021 and do you have your eyes on any particular races?
CB: To enjoy, have fun, learn and progress in my racing. I would love to do well in the Tour Series and better my national results from last year. But I don’t want to be too fixed on results. I just want to enjoy racing; a happy head means happy legs which tends to bring results anyway.
RB: If you could ride with any Pro rider (past or present) who would it be and why?
CB: I think Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig [Danish professional road cyclist] as she looks like so much fun on and off the bike. I am sure she could teach me a lot too. Or a sprint masterclass from [Mark] Cavendish would be pretty cool/useful.
RB: Does it annoy you when a random cyclist tries to race you?
CB: I think that would depend upon my mood on that day!
RB: You’re marooned on a desert island. What 3 things could you absolutely not live without?
CB: Sch’nacks [gluten free cake], coffee, my bike.
Redchilli Bikes would like to thank Charlotte for taking the time out to talk with us. Look out for the next 5 minute Q&A on Friday 27th November, where we shall learn a little more about Corrine Side.
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