An awesome Boels-Dolmans team one-two finish at the Amstel Gold Race has kickstarted our brand ambassador Lizzie Deignan’s 2017 cycling season in style. It was the perfect start to what promises to be a jam-packed week for Lizzie as she heads to Belgium for La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, as well as the launch of her much-anticipated autobiography, Steadfast, on Friday 20th April.
We caught up with Lizzie to discuss the book and find out a bit more about how it came together.
What have you enjoyed most about writing Steadfast?
Mainly the memories it brought back, things I thought I’d forgotten about. It was fascinating to sit down with someone and talk about everything from my childhood onwards. All these forgotten memories came flooding back that I just didn’t expect.
What are you hoping fans will take away from the book?
I hope that it gives people the confidence to go follow their dreams, whether it’s giving cycling a go or not! If they’re not sure about what path to take, just look at the journey I went on. I didn’t even have a bike when Olympic talent scouts spotted me and look where I am now!
I’m also hoping it can encourage more young people to get into cycling.
Did you get any advice from other sportspeople or authors on writing it?
I did speak to a fair few people – both sportspeople and authors separately. The biggest part was meeting Will (William Fotherington, the Guardian journalist who helped write the book) and deciding to work together.
The main advice people gave me was “Don’t read the reviews!”
Are you excited or nervous now that it’s almost publishing day? (20th April)
Excited. It’s been a long time coming – there ended up being quite a delay with it, but I’ve put a lot of time and work into it, and I’m excited to see what people think.
How has writing the book influenced your preparation for the season?
Well, as I just mentioned – there was a lot of time and input that went into it, but the great thing about modern technology is it meant I didn’t have to travel to write it. It would either be me in front of the computer or on the phone with Will to discuss some of the finer points. I could still train regularly, so it hasn’t hampered any preparation.
If anything, from a mental side – it’s really helped being able to get down on paper everything that happened last summer. Clearing my mind ready to focus on the season.
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Want to read more of Lizzie’s thoughts on her upcoming hometown return to the Tour de Yorkshire and the season ahead? Stay tuned to Cycleplan for more exclusive interviews!
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