Moolman-Pasio Blog: Finishing Strong

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

The Giro is a big tour and it takes a lot out of you. It went well and the team were really great and I got all the support they could give me. It’s always good to remember that as a cyclist, a tour like that takes a lot out of you. It was a team decision that I needed to take a break afterwards; especially with the goals I have the rest of the year.

I took ten days off just to have a physical and mental break and since then I’ve been back in the mountains, preparing for the second part of the season. It was difficult to give La Course a skip, as it’s a high profile event and something that would have been fun to be part of but sometimes you have to make sacrifices in terms of achieving the bigger goals and use the next lot of races to prepare properly for the rest of the season.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

I’ve taken a different approach to this season and I am really happy with the way it has progressed. The strategy of not coming into the year too fit has paid off. Every season so far I’ve had a really good start but I’ve never finished the year off well. I just haven’t been able to maintain my form long enough for the world championships. This year we’ve taken a different approach to rectify that and I’m really happy with the way things have progressed.

We’ve timed things well. Of course I would have loved to have won the Giro but I still think it was a great performance. I would say the only reason why I didn’t finish in the top three was tactical and experience. Tactical mistakes and experience that cost me a win, a second or a third place. I don’t think it was fitness or my form that was lacking. It was a good performance and our team manager always says to me if you have a good Giro, you will have a good world’s. I trust him on that and when he said I needed to rest after the race, I trusted his experience.

Emakumeen Bira 2015

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio at Emakumeen Bira 2015


I’m feeling really good now. As a cyclist, it’s not easy to take ten days off, especially in the middle of the season but I was disciplined about it. I then went to the mountains to refocus, enjoy the fresh air and great scenery. It was good for me and I feel refreshed and fiery again and excited for the remainder of the races.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio