Name: Julie Meyer Solvang
Date of Birth – 3rd September 1989
Nationality – Norwegian
Team – Hitec Products – Birk
Former Teams – Keukens Redant, Grimstad Mix
Career Achievements –
4th National Championships Norway RR (2016)
9th GC Women’s Tour of Thailand (2018), National Championships Norway RR (2019), National Championships Norway TT (2019)
Who taught you how to ride a bike & how old were you?
Well, I guess I learnt to ride my bike at an early age, but it wasn’t until I was 22 years old I started to train on the bike as a was competing in triathlon for 4 years until I had to stop with triathlon due to injuries! Then I started on the road bike and Hitec signed me for 2018 and now also 2019! [and now 2020 too]
What was your first ‘proper’ road bike & what colour was it?
My first proper road bike was a blue Specialized Tarmac bike.
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
For me, the most important thing to keep me motivated is to also have fun and try new things/ roads during training! I also race some MTB races and do some training on paths in the forest to have fun!
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
My favourite routes are in the south of Norway or in the mountains in the middle of Norway where I come from!
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
Here I like to train a lot on gravel! As long as I keep doing a lot of different training, and do a lot of local races when I’m not travelling with my team to keep up my motivation. I also like to run and go skiing during the season.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
I would really like to race Strade Bianche sometime, so that is a race I have never tried and would really like to do! I would also like to do the Giro Rosa some time too.
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