Just before she won Stage 3 of the fantastic Bay Crits, I interviewed Italian star Valentina Scandolara, about her Australian adventures, setting up her own Aussie team, escaping in the 2015 Road Worlds, and what she’s hoping for from 2016, including with her new team, Cylance Procycling. You can listen to that interview here, but because she’s so much fun, I’ve written it up as well.
ProWomensCycling: You’ve been having a fun time in Australia – you were all over the podium in various races before Christmas, and now you’re racing in the Bay Crits.
Vale Scandolara: I always try to have fun, with cool people, and nice places, and races to do. I did some races before Christmas. I was focusing on training, and I went to these races with the Roxsolt team, and Carlee Taylor and Julie Leth, and some other Australians and New Zealanders, and it was lots of fun. I saw some new places, like Bright, in the mountains in Victoria, and it was amazing. Not quite Italy, but it was quite amazing!
PWC: I saw from your twitter that you’ve been forcing yourself to endure the horrors of the beach too
Vale: It’s very hard – you have to work on your tan-lines, but I’m coping!
And then I had the chance to organise a team, Alé Cycling, for the Bay Crits. It was very nice for me, I got in contact with my ex-sponsor when I was in Alé-Cipollini, Alé clothing in Italy, and they got in contact with Alé Australia, and they were really interested in my proposal to make a team for Bay Crits, so I called some girls. Carlee Taylor was supposed to race with us, but she was sick and is resting before Nationals, so I’m sorry she’s not here, but we’re having a fair bit of a laugh as well.