Anika Todd has one of those stories that people daydream about on long rides. She started riding casually with her then-boyfriend, joined the Tripleshot cycling club in Vancouver, who noticed she was pretty strong, and encouraged her to start racing. She did so well that the club raised the money to send her to the Canadian National Championships…. where she came 7th in the road race and 2nd in the Time Trial – and she hadn’t even been racing for a year! Team Tibco spotted her and signed her up, and now she’s a pro!
It’s not just her great story – it’s how she tells it, on her fantastic blog that’s given us a real insight into what the Spring Classics are like. She popped by to tell Sarah about experiencing the European Spring, elbowing Kirsten Wild aside, having a day riding with Marianne Vos, and much more – including whether she still enjoys cycling! (34:45 MIN / 33.36 MB)
Anika’s team, Tibco, can be followed on their website and twitter. Their mechanic, Eric Maresjo, is one of the trio of superstars who combine fixing bikes and dealing with race crises with tweeting live updates from the action – follow him too!
Our favourite Anika blogs (but you should read them all!)
- On elbowing Kirsten Wild out of the way
- Her day riding with Marianne Vos – including her photos of the Vos trophy room
- Getting her mojo back in the end of the Classics
Anika’s been supported by the Tripleshot Cycling Club – if you’re anywhere near Vancouver, you should definitely join them, they sound lovely. You can also go to her sponsor page and click through to their sites – and tell them you appreciate them supporting women’s cycling!
We talked about some of the causes Anika supports, and you can find out more about them on her website
- Healthy body image
- Brain injury – and specifically the Victoria Brain Injury Society
- Mental Health – we are both big fans of Clara Hughes, and especially Clara’s Big Ride, her huge cross-Canada ride running events to start conversations about mental health, and of how Gillian Carleton talks about depression.