I’m a professional cyclist spending nine months of every year riding and racing in Europe with my team Orica-Scott. Whilst I love this life, I equally love being back home in Australia and having the opportunity to ride alongside my Dad, brother and with cyclists living in my local area. I come from the Blue Mountains and am a member of the Penrith Cycling Club and it is the sense of community and shared experience with others in the area that I love coming home to every year. The social aspect and the fun we have riding our bikes together is important to me.
L’Etape Australia provides a unique experience for me to step away from my professional team and join forces with my local club mates. It’s not just the fact that we all live in this area – it’s so much more than this. These are riders that I’ve grown up alongside. We race together at the Monday night crits during the Summer, we have some epic battles on the run into Penrith on the Saturday morning bunch ride and then recount our own version of events at the coffee shop soon after.
They are also some of my biggest supporters. The people who have now become huge supporters of women’s cycling and trawl the internet looking for any live stream so they can follow the races. These are the guys who keep me honest all summer long. We push each other, challenge each other, and the sense of camaraderie that exists is something very special.
It’s a mix of ages, abilities, and strengths, but all of that doesn’t matter when it comes to L’Etape Australia. It was a proud moment last year to line up for L’Etape with this group. At the end of the day some of us were ecstatic with our performances and others were left wanting more from their legs. But as we sat down to a dinner and drink to toast the race we all decided then and there that 2016 was just the first of many years of L’Etape Australia to come. It’s a special feeling to come together as a team and I hope to see more of you there with your club mates or friends this year!
Riding as a professional for the Orica-Scott team, Amanda Spratt is one Australia’s most talented cyclists. Two-time Olympian (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and Two-time Australian National Road Champion (2012 & 2016), Amanda is a serious competitor but, above all, loves cycling.
Amanda will share her knowledge and tips with the L’Etape Australia cycling community in our Weekly Wisdom articles before she joins you in the Snowy Mountains this December, riding L’Etape Australia of her Penrith Cycling Club team