Swiss long-course ace (and adopted Aussie) Caroline Steffen on why riding from Noosa to Sydney is prefereable to a spin out in the Nevada desert any day of the week
My bike is… a Cervèlo P5
I am lucky enough to be part of … the Cervèlo family and being coached by the legend that is Chris McCormack.
I love my bike because... It’s simply faster and just a beauty. The design of the bike really reflects my personality. I’m extremely motivated by a personal dream. That dream to succeed has driven me to be a permanent fixture in the upper echelon of the sport. To reflect this, on the top tube of my bike are the words ‘Follow Your Dreams’, with a series of arrows pointing forward — representing a path to the finish line. I simply feel happy, proud and very special to be an owner of this piece of art.
My first ever bike was… 2004, a green/silver Greg LeMond Tourmalet.
My other bikes are... Cervèlo P5 black, Cervèlo S5 2013, Cervèlo S5 2014, Beach cruiser, and Focus Raven MTB.
The best ride I ever had was… last Christmas when I rode for a charity event from Sydney to Noosa. 1,300km in six days – an awesome way to see the countryside of Australia.
The worst ride I ever had was... in the desert of Las Vagas. Oh my God – its was freezing cold and such a dry environment.
I look after my bike by... giving it to Local Bike Shop at Mooloolaba – the best mechanics on the coast. Look out for me at… various races around Australia in early 2015.
CAROLINE’S FACT FILE
Challenge Roth Champion 2013
ITU Long Course World Champion 2010/2012
Ironman World Championship Runner-Up 2010/2012
Ironman European Champion 2011/2012
Ironman Asia-Pacific Champion 2012/14
Ironman Australia Champion 2011