Barely six weeks after his arrival within the training development U23 international cycling Union (UCI) based in Aigle, Switzerland, Magdeleine Vallières-Mill has had to come back to emergency in Canada because of the pandemic of the COVID-19. However, with the imminent resumption of the cycling events at the international, now the Quebec prepares to make his return on the Old Continent.
On Monday, the Sherbrooke will fly to Switzerland where she can reconnect with her teammates from the training which has the best international talent under 23 years of age among its ranks.
The eight riders will begin their preparation at the training center of the UCI, before heading to Spain to participate in a few races in preparation of the official return to competition scheduled for 18 August, on the occasion of the Giro dell’emilia, Italy.
“I received confirmation last week and it is coming very soon! I look forward to join my teammates and start racing again,” says Vallieres-Mill, which has not been idle during his forced stop, rolling average for 18 to 24 hours per week on the winding roads estriennes.
“Upon my return, I worked within during my quarantine. Then, I was really looking forward to going outside and I focused on long outings. I worked in endurance and less in intensity.”
The triple canadian champion junior title has also benefited from the déconfinement of la Belle Province to take part in a camp of the Quebec team and increase the pace of training.
“It was nice to ride with girls that I had not seen for a long time. We have trained with Chris Rozdilsky, and it has been very beneficial. I could see where I was at in my preparation and I feel more ready,” she continued.
It was in February of last year, only 18 years, that Magdeleine Vallières-Mill had left the family nest to join the international scene. A few months later, she now realizes the magnitude of this achievement.
“It was a big step for me and it is quite a challenge ! When I arrived there, I had an initial shock, but it took me a little bit before I realize what was happening,” admits one that is quickly used to its new rhythm of life.
In the company of her teammates, she communicates almost exclusively in English, while learning more about the different cultures represented within the group.
“It’s really nice, because girls come from everywhere in the world! We live together and we share our cultures. We are working really well! They are really strong, so it helps me progress quickly.”
The second shock, however, was more prompt to Vallières-Mill which was able to complete his first race in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-vrouwen, a classic flandrienne presented in Belgium, on the 29th of February last.
“I was warned that this would be difficult and that it could be that I don’t finish all the races. I had to give up after about thirty kilometers, and it gave me all of a sudden. It is there that I understood what it was of the races of the World Tour”, she admits.
However, his determination and his pride, he must say, they have quickly taken over, allowing him to obtain the 38th and 29th places at its two outputs the following are the Omloop van het Hageland (1.1) and The Samyn des Dames (1.2), always played in belgian territory.
“It is encouraging for the suite,” she says.
At the world Championships?
If Vallilères-Mill will focus first on his season with the formation of development of the under 23 UCI, it would also like to compete in her first senior world Championships on the road, which will take place in Switzerland. A task that looks daunting, but not impossible according to the interested main.
“The Championships will be presented in Switzerland this year, so this would be really special to me. If I do well by the end of the season, I think I have a chance. I know this will be difficult to accomplish, but it is my biggest goal for this year. We have very good girls in the country and, in the end, it is Cycling Canada will make the decision,” she concludes.