Skye Davidson has qualified and is training hard in Switzerland to represent Zimbabwe at both the World Mountain Bike Championships 5-8 September in Valdorn, Andorra and at the Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, USA from 19-27 September .
Davidson, an U6 student at Hellenic Academy, was invited to train for six weeks at the UCI World Cycling Center in Switzerland this July and August. While at UCI, she has already competed in three European road races. On 26 July, she competed in Martigny, Switzerland in a 36 km climbing race with men and women, finishing as the 3rd woman in the race. On 2 August, Davidson finished as the 4th girl in the GP Cru Fleurie race in St Julien, France, where she completed 25 laps of 1.9 km each.
This past weekend, on 15 August, Davidson finished as the third woman in the GP Cormoz in Borg de Bresse, France. This race was a road race of 6 laps each of 8km and Davidson finished in a time on one hour and 5 minutes. The UCI coaches have deliberately had her race in men’s races in order to strengthen the calibre of competition she is used to racing in advance of the world championship competition she will face.
In an interview with SSN, Skye explained the rigor of training at UCI: “We train every day from 1 to 3 and a half hours, and we have a gym and stretching session. We usually do quite a lot of climbing, and of course, this being Switzerland, there is no shortage of hills.”
Davidson’s aim in spending an intensive month at UCI is to train for both of her upcoming world championships. She confirmed her goals: “My main goal for worlds is to be able to stay with the peloton, the main bunch of riders, and to be able to race competitively, responding to attacks and being able to follow other riders’ wheels, and of course to learn as much as I can about the dynamics of road racing.”
Training in Zimbabwe, Stacey Hyslop of Peterhouse Girls will join Davidson in Andorra to represent Zimbabwe at the Mountain Bike Championships early next month.