When Lucinda Brand was 12, she had a choice; gymnastics, or cycling? It was a pretty simple decision. “I wasn’t very good at gymnastics,” she laughs.
Straight-talking Lucinda has become one of the most versatile, multi-talented and aggressive riders in the peloton, making a name for herself both on the road and in cyclocross. She is the 2017 world team time trial champion and has won medals on both world and European level in cyclocross.
The 2017 season saw Lucinda finish fourth overall at the Giro Rosa, one of the most prestigious stage races in the women’s calendar, after seriously focusing on a result in that race with the team and putting a training plan in place to become a better climber.
Lucinda explained: ““I am someone who really goes for something if I want it. I am motivated, dedicated, and determined. I am an all-rounder on the bike but probably most suited to stage racing.
The four-time Dutch national champion, a stat she classes as one of her greatest achievements, describes bike racing as a “mental fight” but one she invariably wins: “I am an aggressive rider. If I am hurting and see a rider next to me, I think, damn she is not going to beat me. It doesn’t matter what race is it, I can race aggressively. That is my biggest strength.”