Julie Krasniak (pictured below), from the French city of Metz, began riding at 12 years old and by the age of 14 was racing mountain bikes. Between her brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather, the Krasniaks have won over a thousand races. Back in 2013, she offered her professional advice for anyone looking to ride the Women’s 100, and we reprint it here for this year’s riders.
For as long as I can remember, riding any 100km-plus ride has represented one of the toughest challenges any amateur or accomplished cyclist can face. Cycling non-stop, for three hours or more requires, more than anything, preparation.