Interview: Julie Beveridge
Interview with the very talented 20 year old winner of the Mt Hood Cycling
Classic Julie Beveridge..
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Julie Beveridge. I am a 20 years old and a Biological Science student
at the University of Calgary. I currently live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I spent 4 years of my childhood in Muscat, Oman, where I started swimming competitively.
When I returned to Canada I continued swimming for a time and then took up middle
distance events in track and field. I started cycling at the age of 18.
Why did you choose cycling as your sport?
I injured my foot badly in my third year of track and was unable to continue
running. My younger sister was training with a cycling group at the time, she
talked me into joining in order to keep my fitness and let me borrow her old
road bike. Since my injury was not improving enough to allow me to return to
running, I ended up road racing that summer. I won the Junior National Time
Trial, and was selected for Junior Worlds. At Junior Worlds I was not allowed
to race the road race, because my bike handling was dismal. This was the correct
decision, but I was extremely unhappy with it and decided that I was going to
do whatever I could to become the best road racer possible.
© 2008 ActionImages
What kind of rider is Julie Beveridge?
I definitely see myself as still developing as a rider. I love to climb and
time trial and am eager to learn all the race tactics possible.
Which hobbies do you have next to cycling?
I love to backpack in the mountains, if I have some time during the summer.
Also, if given the chance during the off-season I run and swim and mountain
bike as much as possible.
How do you look back on the 2008 season?
As a season to build on. I am extremely shocked and happy with my first season
on a team. It was an amazing experience to be able to work for teammates one
race and then have the favor returned the next race. I believe I surprised myself
more often than I surprised my absolutely fantastic teammates and director.
I could not have asked for a better first season.
In action during the 2008 Cascade Cycling Classic
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What performance/achievement you are
the most proud of?
Winning the GC at Mount Hood in 2008. The Mount Hood Cycling Classic 2007 was
the first stage race I ever participated in. To come back to that race the next
year and win it against a bigger more competitive field truly showed me just
how far I had come as a cyclist in only a year. I am also so proud of the fact
that I am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a M.D. at the same time I
am managing a professional cycling career.
You competed for the Aaron's Cycling team in 2008.
Do you stay with the team for the 2009 season?
Unfortunately, the Aaron's Cycling team no longer exists, so I have changed
teams for the 2009 season. I will be riding for Team TIBCO Women's Professional
Team. I am very excited about joining this super talented team and am looking
forward to learning more about the sport with every race.
What do you prefer the most in racing?
My favorite part of racing is finishing a stage/race and knowing that you could
not have done any more than you did that day.
On the podium as winner of the best young rider competition of the Cascade
Cycling Classic. Next to her overall winner Kristin Armstrong.
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What race has been a favorite of yours?
I don't have a favorite race. I prefer stage races to one-day classics. As long
as the majority of the stages have some big climbs and there is a good time
trial, I am more than happy riding any stage race.
You rode a few times in Europe the past season…
will your schedule include more races in Europe in 2009?
Hopefully, the Canadian National Team will dictate, whether I am able to return
to Europe in 2009. I would love to continue racing in Europe because I was just
starting to get a feel for the racing over there at Worlds. European racing
is a lot of fun but very different from North American racing.
What races would you like to race in
Europe if given the opportunity?
I would absolutely love to do any of the summer World Cups, along with Tour
de L'Aude and the major women's tours. I have heard such amazing stories from
these events, and would love to be able to experience them first hand.
In action during the ITT of the 2008 Cascade Cycling Classic
© 2008 ActionImages
What race will be the 2009 debut for
you and the team? And how does your schedule more or less looks like.
The first race TIBCO will participate in is the Tour of California. I will not
begin racing until Redlands in March, since I will still be in school. My schedule
in 2009 will involve the major NRC stage races, along with the Montreal World
Cup and Canadian Nationals. Hopefully, I will also be given the opportunity
to return to Europe for a number of stage races with the Canadian National Team.
How does your ideal preparation looks like for the
Since it is minus 30 in Calgary right now, I am heading down to Florida to train
with a teammate from Aarons for a couple weeks. After I will return to Calgary
and school. In February I will be heading out to British Columbia in order to
get some more training in on the road. While I am in Calgary I ride the trainer.
In March I will be headed to team camp in California. Although my offseason
training is in no way ideal, I believe that the adversity I face in training
through the cold Calgary winters aids in my mental toughness when it comes to
the summer race season.
What are your goals for the 2009 season? and if you
don't mind…. long term career goals as a person and cyclist?
I want to improve my skill set with every race I do, whether it be tactically,
as a teammate, or my physical ability. I am focusing on winning the Senior Canadian
National Time Trial, a goal I came close to achieving last year but did not
quite attain. I also have a large focus on the Worlds Time Trial. In the long
term, I want to be the World and Olympic time trial champion. Outside of cycling
I have ambitions to become a sport medicine surgeon.
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