JoŽlle Numainville - No time for resting
Interview with Team expresscopy.com's 19 year old neo pro JoŽlle Numainville
by Bruno Paradis
"I'd do it again". Those three words were heard a number of times in our
interview with JoŽlle Numainville during one of her all-too-rare moments of free
time. Her plate has been pretty full since January of this year, as she
undertook to combine her life as a student with her life as a pro cyclist with
Teamexpresscopy.com. So far the racing season, her second with the pros, has
meant many, many miles on the bike, in cars and on planes.
life on the road, she points out that "with the two training camps, one in
Arizona and one in Florida, the U.S. races this Spring, the Tour de l'Aude and
now the Tour of Prince Edward Island, I've seen very little of my parents.
Fortunately, since they live in Laval, I've had to opportunity to get together
with them while at the Montreal World Cup and the Tour du Grand Montrťal.''
Apart from the traveling, there's also the very high level of competition at
the races she has been riding. "At Redlands, I didn't have too many miles in my
legs. It was very tough, particularly as I didn't have any hill training. I
finished pretty far down on G.C., but I'd do it again, definitely. I suffered,
but not for nothing!''
On her European experience: "The Tour de l'Aude was sort of the same story;
it wasn't the first time I had raced there, but the racing is so different
there. I think the whole team needed to adjust because of the really long hills
and the much harder racing, as compared to, say, the Tour du Grand Montrťal. I
prefer shorter hills, even if they are steeper. For instance, I know that many
of the girls had problems with the hill at the Mont-St-Hilaire stage (Tour du
Grand Montrťal), but for me, it was fine, any hill up to about 1.5 kilometers is
ok with me''.
On the subject of her racing program, JoŽlle offered some explanation as to
how some unforeseen events came about. At first, there was no assurance she
would ride the Montreal World Cup nor the Montreal Tour. She had fought a
valiant fight at Tour de l'Aude, but had not finished there and seemed ready for
a good rest. Not so, she says. "In France, I picked up a virus that slowed me
down and. (hesitating), the management thought it best to spare me. But I
bounced back quickly. On arriving in Montreal on Tuesday, I felt good. The race
was on Saturday, with the Tour beginning on Monday, time enough. I wanted to be
there because both races were run near my home, so the team signed me up for
both. It was Thursday when I heard I'd be riding both races. I can't really
explain why, but I felt better and better as the week went on''.
Her 76th place on G.C. certainly doesn't do justice to the race she actually
rode. The twelve minutes separating her and winner Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) on the
line are largely the result of her crashing during the first stage. In the
circumstances, better to put the disappointment and the crash behind her and
move on to the Tour of Prince Edward Island. "The racing was no problem there,
but the twelve-hour drive to the race felt really really long. For the first two
stages, I had nothing left to give, no legs, nothing. I rode the Confederation
Bridge time-trial with nothing but a wish to get it over with, period. As time
went on, though, things improved for me and while I blew my sprint, I managed
fifth place in the last stage, so that's good''.
We spoke with JoŽlle on Monday 19th, on one of two rest days she allowed
herself on returning from the Tour of P.E.I. Work was set to begin anew the next
day on the Bromont velodrome, a day of intensive 500-meter intervals with her
coach Eric Van Den Eynde and the most active retiree from the women's pro
circuit, Lyne Bessette.
Sometimes, there's cause for concern with developing athletes, that they
might be poorly advised, but that is not at all the case with Ms. Numainville;
she, her team and coach seem to have their priorities in order, though she plays
her cards close to her chest. Wanting to stir things up just a bit, we asked if
she had given any thought at all to the criteria she had to meet to ride in the
Olympics in Beijing next year. On this point, the final word on the matter was
preceded by a laugh and a Cheshire cat smile: "That's something I don't really
want to discuss and I don't want you to bring it up! Even if I were interested
in Beijing, and I'm not saying I am interested, I wouldn't tell you.''
Well, that having been said, it becomes clear that this is one rider with a
future in politics should she ever decide to go that way after her cycling
career. JoŽlle Numainville's next major challenges include the Canadian Road
Championship races and the Pan American Games in Brazil.
About JoŽlle Numainville and Team expresscopy.com: JoŽlle Numainville rides
for Team expresscopy.com. She is presently preparing to represent Canada at the
Pan American Games to be held in Brazil next month. She has twice been Canadian
Junior Road Racing Champion.
Team expresscopy.com's racers ride Gallium, Mercury and Krypton bikes by
Argon 18. With one of the strongest women's rosters in North America, the team
holds a UCI Pro Team licence. The eleven women who make up the team hail from
Canada, New Zealand and the USA and will ride in over 100 international races in
North America and in Europe.
About Argon 18 and Gervais Rioux: With headquarters in Montreal, Canada,
since it's inception in 1989, Argon 18 has created an enviable position for
itself in the cycling world. All Argon 18 models are designed by ex-Olympian
Gervais Rioux and stand out from the rest thanks to unique designs that combine
proven, classic principles and cutting-edge technologies resulting from