Q & A - Jenelle Crooks

1 July 2014, by Cycling Australia

Q & A - Jenelle Crooks Jenelle Crooks wins the under 23 women's time trial national championship / Copyright: John Veage

You are fourth overall on the women’s NRS leaderboard after three events, what race/result has stood out for you in the early part of the season?

Definitely Mersey Valley Tour where I came third on GC, and having Ruth (Corset) win GC, it was a great tour for our team.

Your teammate, Ruth Corset, is leading the overall rankings. What have you learnt by supporting Ruth?

I have learnt riding for Ruth you need to be communicating as much as possible and need to be able to read the race well. As well as to be prepared to use up all your energy before the finish, to keep her protected and keep her legs as fresh as possible for when she needs to go. 

You are the current U23 women’s national time trial champion, describe your emotions after such a great win.

I was so excited and thrilled with the result and couldn’t wait to call my coach! It was a pretty nail-biting finish, as there was only a three second margin between first and second.

Do you see time trialing as your strongest asset or something else?

I think at the moment it’s probably my best thing but I also think my climbing is pretty close.

Would you describe time trialing as a natural talent or something you have worked on?

Time trialing is something that I’m quite used too coming from a triathlon background, we spent a bit of time working on time trialing.

What is your favourite NRS event and why?

Mersey Valley Tour would have to be my favorite. I really enjoy racing there because the terrain is tough, which always makes for hard racing and the scenery is beautiful. 

Aside from cycling, what do you do away from the bike?

I study nursing part time and work part time as well.

Do you have a part/full time job?

Yes, I work at Hungry Jacks part time. 

How did you get into cycling? When?

I gave triathlon away in 2012 because I had had a few bad crashes and injuries that were affecting my running. At the time, I had just started training with my coach and I was enjoying cycling more than swimming and running so I decided to focus just on cycling. And I’m so glad I did!

Who is your cycling idol?

Marianne Vos, her achievements are incredible!

What is your most memorable moment on the bike?

The national’s road race in 2014 by far. My whole training group, coach and my dad came to watch. They even made-up matching t-shirts to wear saying, “go peanut” and scattered themselves around the course. Hearing them cheer made the pain more bearable. I came second in the U23 classification and finished with the front group of elite woman in eighth place, which was my best race result. Having my training group there watching and to share the excitement after with them was just absolutely wonderful.

What are some of your short term and long term cycling goals?

Short term would be to win an NRS stage and to keep racing consistently in the NRS series this year. Long term, hopefully one day racing overseas.

‘App’ you can’t live without?

Facebook.

I can’t leave the house without…?

I can’t leave the house without my phone.

follow us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Sign Up for eNews

@CyclingAus Tweets