Geraardsbergen. This night, Xaydée Van Sinaey (17 years old from Schendelbeke) will ride the ‘junior women’ time trial at the World Cycling Championship in Australia, more specifically in Wollongong. The student from the sixth year ‘Technical Sciences’ at the GO! Atheneum Geraardsbergen has ambition and wants to perform for the Belgian team. During a short conversation with the school she talks about her adventure in Australia. The Schendelbeek talent rides with the juniors and gains her first international experiences. She hopes for a good result.
How was the trip to Australia?
Xaydée: “It was a tiring and long trip to Australia, because my flight first went via Dubai (7 flying hours) and there I had to transfer to a plane to Sydney, which added another 13 flying hours. It was a long journey of almost two full days and also very tiring. I have already digested the transfer very well, because we are sleeping in a nice hotel ‘Headlands Austinmer Beach’ where I have been given a mini-apartment together with a teammate.”
What are the ambitions?
Xaydée: “It is very nice and quiet here, but quite difficult to cycle. I ride both the time trial (September 20) and the road race (September 24). I have a lot of faith in the time trial! It’s a course that suits me, because it’s always ‘up and down’ and with a lot of twists and turns. My experience as a cyclo-cross rider can certainly help me.”
What are your chances?
Xaydée: “I can’t make a real prediction for the road race yet, because I haven’t really explored the course yet. I have already heard that it is a very heavy edition, but in principle that plays to my advantage. However, I mainly focus on the time trial, because that is where the greatest chance of a good result lies. I’ve been training for several days and it is really a tough area where you almost never get a completely flat area. Yesterday I did a ride of 60 km with no less than 1100 altimeters. I can’t complain about the weather, because the temperature is ideal for cycling.”
How do you combine top sport with all your school work?
Xaydée: “It’s not easy to keep up with all the schoolwork, because of course I miss the live lessons. I try to process everything independently, but that is not always easy with new material. But we get through it and I can always count on the support and an extra word of explanation from my teachers if I really don’t understand something.”
The GO! Atheneum Geraardsbergen wishes Xaydée every success during her adventure in Australia and hopes that, in addition to a great sporting achievement, she can also enjoy this unique sporting event.