Lisa Jacobs has always been a fascinating pro cyclist – she used to combine forays into European road racing with the Australian National Team with her day job as a lawyer, and now she’s embraced the emerging cyclocross scene in Australia, and taking time off work to come and race – and all the while having one of the best cyclist blogs out there on her Ride Happy website.
She’s just back from a month and a half racing Belgian cyclocross, which didn’t go as well as she’d hoped, but she’s still looking up. We talked about all of that, how an Aussie gets into CX in the first place, and what the scene’s like there, why she lets her alter-ego of “Lisa’s Mum” loose on the blog, and lots more, including her most Aussie cyclocross experience to date…
Listen to the interview here, or download it directly from the Soundcloud page. I’ll be back with a partial transcript of it later in the week.
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Follow Lisa (and Lisa’s Mum) on her website, twitter and instagram. And head to her sponsor page and click through to them all, to show you care – especially Rapha Australia and Focus. I especially like her recent posts on the Mojo Rollercoaster, and Lisa’s Mum answering all your questions about Belgian mud.
If you’d like to find out more about Australian cyclocross, and even start yourself, the National Series is coordinated by Mountain Bike Australia, with dates for 2016 (but no venues yet, which is a bit of an issue for a country as large as Australia!) on their website. The details about the Victorian CX series are on the Cycling Victoria website, and there’s the fantastic Dirty Deeds 4-race series in Melbourne too, which has been running since 2010. If you’re in or near Adelaide, check out the Focus CX twiLITE evening race on 15th March – why not give it a go, or at least head out and cheer! And there’s more Aussie cyclocross news, information and stuff on the Australian Cyclocross Magazine website and twitter.
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