As the US based Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank competed in Europe earlier this year, the team at Edco HQ had the exclusive chance to interview rider Shannon Malseed following her recent selection for the Commonwealth Games.
Understandably excited to be taking part Down Under, Edco put some questions to Shannon ahead of The Games.
Q: How did you qualify for the Commonwealth Games?
A: I qualified for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year in January when I won the Women Australian National Road title. The qualification was not something I had expected to come so quickly, and I am so grateful and excited to be representing my country in the Games on home soil!
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about the race during the Games?
A: The race consists of 7 laps of a 20km circuit including two short and steep climbs. It’s not too technical and will be a very fast paced race due to the nature of the road surface and wind direction. It should be a great spectacle for everyone to watch as we race along the coast and through the suburbs of the Gold Coast region in Currumbin – Queensland.
Q: What are your expectations, sure you want to win?
A: For now I am laser focused on the preparation, to give myself and the rest of the Australian team the best chance to arrive at the start line on Saturday in the best possible condition. If we can do that, then yes – we can win, and that is what we aim to do. In front of a home crowd that would really be a special feeling.
Q: Do you have already any idea about your set-up? Which bike, which wheels you will use?
A: Yes, I’ll be riding the Transonic 1.3 frame, which is set-up with Edco Aero Umbrial Light 45 tubular race wheels; and Maxxis Campione Silkworm tubular tires. Some slick, lightweight, aero and fast equipment to keep me confident during the race.
Q: And after the Games where will your fans see you next?
A: Following the Comm Games, I’ll be back racing very shortly with TIBCO – SVB in China at the Tour of Chong Ming Island later on in April. I’ve never been to China before so this will be a fun and exciting new experience for me and I’m looking forward to racing with the team again.
Find out more about the Umbrial Light here.