What makes a road racer tick? Redchilli Bikes meet Corrine Side

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.

Corinne Side Essex Giro Junior National Series 2018

Corinne Side – Picture with great thanks to Huw Williams

RB: How did you first get involved with cycling?
CS: When I was 9, my family friends invited us to watch the Track World Cup at Manchester Velodrome. We’re a sporty family but none of us were cyclists so when we saw Chris Hoy sprinting to the win we thought it was really cool, after that me and my sister joined my local cycling club Bolton Hot Wheels and it all started from there.

RB: How would you describe your racing style?
CS: I don’t know whether I’ve got an actual racing style, but I definitely prefer the more brutal hiller races where the bunches end up smaller and looking out for important breaks to try and get in.

Corinne Side – Training in the Dolomites

RB: 2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. How have you managed to keep motivated and focused?
CS: At the start of lockdown I gave Zwift racing a go for the first time which really helped having some sort of competition and the races gave a bit of structure to the weeks. I also did some cycling adventures which I’ve never had the time to do before like riding down to Newquay in Cornwall from my house in Lancashire and doing the Coast to Coast in a day. 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?
CS: I’m really looking forward to having a strong team around me, where we can all help each other and give advice when we can. I think I’m going to learn a lot from the other riders and Rick so I can progress even more. Hopefully I’ll be able to help out the other riders in the races that don’t suit me as much to get them the best result they can.

Corinne Side – Image with great thanks to Ellen Isherwood

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?
CS: I’m in university so my training is based around my work and fitting it all in around that. This winter I’m trying to get more miles in and do longer rides as in 2019 this is what I found let me down more due to concentrating on my A level exams.  I also like to do some roller or turbo sessions during the week with some efforts just to keep some intensity.

RB: With regard bike racing, what is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
CS: Definitely to eat and drink enough in races! When I was a junior I struggled a bit with getting cramp in my legs because of this, so now I always make sure I try and keep hydrated enough and eating when I can.

Corinne Side – Image with great thanks to Ellen Isherwood

RB: What are your main goals for 2021 and do you have your eyes on any particular races?
CS: I’ve really enjoyed racing Ryedale GP and Tour of the Reservoir in the past as part of the Women’s National Series and found they suited me, so next year I’d like to get a top 10 in them if I can.

RB: If you could ride with any Pro rider (past or present) who would it be and why?
CS: It would probably be Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig [Danish professional road cyclist] because she’s got such a big character and is always so positive and happy so I think it would be really fun.

Corinne Side – A well earned break to take in the views

RB: Does it annoy you when a random cyclist tries to race you?
CS: Sometimes it does, but sometimes I get competitive and race them back because some of them can’t believe they’ve been dropped by a girl and it’s quite funny.

RB: You’re marooned on a desert island. What 3 things could you absolutely not live without?
CS: My Sheepdog Floss, Nutella, A pedalo to get off the island would also be useful [laughs] whilst also getting some pedalling in!

Redchilli Bikes would like to thank Corrine for taking the time out to talk with us. Look out for the next 5 minute Q&A on Monday 30th November, where we shall learn a little more about Amy Gornall.

If you missed our previous 5 Minute Q&A Session with Charlotte Berry, then you can jump to this right here.

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