Second in our series of Team Velocio-SRAM rider playlists is Italian Sprinter “Baby” Barbara Guarischi. Some “eyebrow-raising” selections on this list which we are guessing does not get much airtime in Kristy’s car either… Thanks to the team for this insight into what is currently rocking their world when training or getting psyched to race. You can listen to the tunes via the embedded playlist opposite, or click here to go to the Spotify website where you can add yourself to the followers of the playlist.
Barbara first caught the team’s eye when she was mixing it with the big names in the sprint finishes at Energiewacht Tour. But it was her stage win at La Route de France that convinced the team to try to snap her up for season 2015. She will be the first Italian to ride for the team since its inception.
She starting cycling when she was 12 years old after going to her brother’s football training session that was inside a velodrome. Barbara saw children riding track bikes around the velodrome and pleaded with her Dad to let her do it the following week. Immediately she fell in love with cycling, racing, and doing everything to win.
Barbara admits that she may already have a reputation in the peloton. “Some riders think I am a little crazy, but really I just think like a sprinter. And so if a sprinter thinks too much then they can’t win. I can’t hesitate for even a second or otherwise my opportunity to win is gone.”
Barbara says her cycling idol is none other than sprinting legend and former Velociosports rider Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. “I also look up to Italian swimmer Frederica Pellegrini, because she was the first woman to break four minutes for the 400m freestyle, and because she was the best in her sport and also in her life outside of sport as well,” says Barbara.
“I think that each person must live their life to the maximum. We have to be happy in our lives and aim to reach our maximum. I also know that there are a many people that have not a lot in their lives, and I feel lucky that I have a lot of opportunities in my life and I want to use them to the top,” states Barbara.
With the nickname ‘Baby’, Barbara has already impressed the team at the early season training camp and is looking forward to making her first win for Velocio-SRAM as soon as possible.
When was your favourite race and where?
Any race in Netherlands or Belgium that has cobblestones. I love races that are cold with cobbles, wind and rain!
Where would you like to spend a week on holiday?
I would travel from one side of the coast in USA to the other, visiting the Grand Canyon along the way. I think that would be pretty special.
If I wasn’t a cyclist I would be…
A speed skater!
I can teach you how to…
Learn Italian and English!
Something you can’t stop talking about?
BARBARA’S SONG CHOICES
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Pink: Raise Your Glass – because in our life there is always something to raise our glass to.
Pink: Fucking Perfect – this song reminds me of a time in my past.
Avril Lavigne: Rock N Roll – it gives me energy!!!
5 Second Of Summer: She Looks So Perfect – I listen to this song before every race, it’s my ultimate pre-race song.
Sido feat. Mark Forster: Einer dieser steine – I like the rhythm of this song.
Imagine Dragons: I Bet My Life – because it reflects part of my life.
Victor: I’m A Renegade – This song is how I like to think and it’s how I live my life.
Elli Goulding: Love Me Like You Do – It reflects my life now.
Mr.Probz: Nothing Really Matters – It reflects part of my life.
AC/DC : Thunderstruck – this song gives me energy!
Pearl Jam: Unthought Known – also gives me energy.
Rednex: Cotton Eye Joe – THE best song for me!!
BIRTHDATE: 10 FEB 1990
Stage win La Route de France, France
Stage win Trophee d’Or Feminine, France
4th general classification Energiewacht Tour, Netherlands
5th general classification Tour of Chongming Island, China
4th Molecatan Drentse 8, Netherlands
2nd place U23 European Road Championships, Netherlands