With a clutch of European gold, silver and bronze medals on the track to her name, Lithuania’s 2014 National Road & Time Trial champion is setting out on a new venture in 2016. Ausrine Trebaite has been drafted into the newly launched Planet X/ Bo-Go Cycling Team and is aiming for yet more success on both asphalt and boards. The slightly unusual backstory to the new team can be found in my feature for the Always Riding website here, but for now, meet Ausrine…
Ciclissimo! When did your love of the bike begin?
Ausrine Trebaite I began cycling maybe when I was six years old, then more seriously from maybe about 13 years old- almost 15 years ago now. My cousin was a good cyclist back then, she was 6th on the road in the Verona WC’s, a member of the Lithuanian Olympic squad- she’s retired now- I saw all the trophies at her home and I wanted it too, I wanted to win! The cycling journey for me began that day with the trophies I saw..
C! What do you remember of your first race as you set out to try and claim trophies of your own?
AT My first race was in my home town: I was not so nervous as I knew I was strong! I knew all the girls who were racing- and it was good to win! After that I went to bigger races, regional, not just in my town.. there were more nerves then- ‘who will be racing?’ I didn’t know these girls from the different areas. But when you got started, one minute after starting, the nerves all disappear- you are then in the game!
C! Which races or vicories are your standout career moments so far?
AT Maybe when I on my first European Champs, my first international competition at that level, I didn’t know how strong the other girls would be. I won silver in the Individual Pursuit- you just need to go out and do what you can do and then see the times and where that leaves you once you’ve finished.To realise that I can take a silver at European Champs level I thought ‘Yup, That’s Cool!’ It was a whole new level
C! How about the other side of the coin, your hardest race?
AT The hardest race is the race were you need to be good but you are not in good shape- you have responsibility and pressure but you are not so good- form, nerves- but you still need to go good! A lot of races are like that!! *laughter*
C! We’re here in London today, where have been your favourite places cycling has taken you?
AT I’ve been to a lot of places- not all good! I always enjoy Colombia. I have friends there it’s a great atmosphere, totally different from Europe. The South American culture and people- I like that! We stay with the family and get to live with them and experience their culture, from the children to the adults, and pick up the customs and ways of life.
C! And so to the future; the new team and chapter with the Planet X/ Bo-Go Cycling Team. What are your goals?
AT Goals- we have a lot of them with the new team and perhaps we do not yet know exactly how to reach them! First of all we need to get the bikes set up, after that we will see what we can do as a team, it’s hard to say but I am hoping for good races and good placings in races! But we are a first year team so we can’t say anything for certain just yet- we just have to try…