Leaving Jamaica for an unknown environment to improve as a cyclist is not something national representative Llori Sharpe says she regrets.
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In fact, the leap of faith has paid off, as she said she has noted significant improvements in her athleticism after signing a one-year contract with the Germany-based Canyon cycling group.
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“It was definitely an eye-opening experience to say the least. As it relates to cycling specifically, being able to train and race in Europe allowed me to see how much more room for improvement there is and that with the right environment, athletic progress can be achieved,” Sharpe said. “Not only was it way easier to simply ride my bike, the cyclists I met, interacted and trained with made the experience that much better for me.”
The 22-year-old said this experience has come with many lessons
“Biggest lesson I’ve learned would certainly be the value of teamwork. I don’t think many people realise that cycling is in fact a team sport as we work together to ensure that our general classification contender is in the best position possible to secure a victory. Teamwork also extends to how the staff (sports director, mechanic, soigneur ) coordinate their respective activities to ensure that the riders are all well taken care of,” she said
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