Name: Natalie Sheehan @natsheehan16
Jan 21/22nd goal: Everesting Roam
Occupation: Head of Distribution, Banking
Why are you riding with @alpineeveresting?
The last two years have personally been pretty tough and I needed a focus that empowered me to overcome my own personal challenges and to once again thrive. Hopefully my journey towards the Everesting ROAM in January may inspire someone who is currently living in a physically or emotionally challenging environment to step out and recognise that they are so much more than their current circumstances.
What does this event mean to you?
My cycling has enabled me to give back to a number of charities and being able to support a community struggling to receive equal recognition and opportunities in the medical treatment available for cancers was a cause that really meant a lot to me.
Longest ride: 248Kms – 3 Peaks Challenge, High Country VIC
Favourite cycling memory:
Climbing the Mortirolo in Northen Italy. I had feared that climb for years, and to reach the top after 12.4 brutal kms averaging 10.5% was one of my fondest cycling memories.
Funniest on-bike moment:
Riding down the starting shute of a Stage of the Tour De France in Albertville, France by mistake!
Greatest cycling achievement:
Climbing the Col de Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and then Alpe D’Huez in one day and then catching a flight back to Melbourne (needless to say I had no trouble sleeping on the way home)
Favourite event or race: The Alpine Classic in Bright VIC
Favourite endurance fuel: Vegemite and cheese wraps and peanut bounce balls.
Favourite bike snack: Peanut butter filled Cliff Bars
Coffee order: Almond Latte
Favourite workout song or music: I made a playlist for 3 Peaks Challenge which includes everything from Alanis Morriset to Phil Collins plus a few of my daughter’s doof doof tracks.
Favourite climb: Stelvio, from Bormio
How many bikes do you own? An Sworks Amira, TREK Emonda, Cervelo Aspero (Gravel) and a new Trek Madone on its way!
Tips for endurance riding: Practice mindfulness (don’t think about what comes next), eat and drink every 30 minutes regardless of how your feel and Just keep pedalling.
Tips for cycling mums/women: Just get out there and join in, you won’t regret it!
How do you juggle work/family/cycling? I get up really early, I carry protein balls in my laptop bag and I travel with my bike.
How do I get into cycling if I’m new to the sport?
There are so many great women’s cycling groups that are encouraging and supportive, just get in touch with a group on insta or facebook and ask them how to get involved, you will always find someone in your area willing to give you a hand. Oh and don’t be intimidated by the fast groups you see out on the road, or by women who have accomplished a lot on the bike, we all started somewhere, and had our first ride in clip in pedals or our first ride out on the road (it was scary!) - I love riding with new people and helping them get started in this awesome sport.
What would you say to a woman who is contemplating joining our next adventure?
Give it a go! Its amazing what you can achieve when you set your mind to it and commit to doing the work to train for an endurance event, plus the encouragement and camaraderie of taking part in an event with a group is something you will never forget!
MEET THE TEAM
TEAM riders & support crew Alpine Everesting 2021/2022
Dr Elly Warren