Riding Musings with... NCVC's Clio Dinan

We recently had a chance to sit down with Juniors CX/Road racing phenom Clio Dinan.  Below is a quick excerpt from our discussion.


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So, Clio congrats on a great CX Season and traveling to Nationals in Austin, TX.  How has the transition been since you got back? 

 The whole trip was a lot of fun, despite all the craziness, so coming home was like the end of a vacation. I’ve had Nats on my mind for quite a while, so it’s a funny feeling to have a big event like that done with. Since I’ve returned I’ve really enjoyed participating in group rides or sleeping in on the weekends instead of racing, and I’ll be ready to start road racing in spring.   

That sounds like a good trip but stressful at the same time.  For those on the team and the internet that don’t know who you are.. who is Clio Dinan? and what super power would you want to have?

Ha.. Super power huh? If I could have any super power, it would be to never run out of energy while riding!  But.. Clio Dinan, well I grew up in Northern Virginia as well as Canada and France. I’m currently in my last year of high school. I love sports and found cycling in 2012 when I lived in Europe. I really love the freedom and enjoyment that comes from riding. Training and racing is such a rewarding process, I can’t get enough.

So now is your off season right?  How are you able to balance the commitment of training and school and anything extra you do outside of school?

I’m taking a bit of time off the bike and focusing on other things in my life. This winter is very busy in terms of academics and other school obligations. I don’t have any other activities as demanding as cycling after school, but when I’m not riding I like to work on my pieces for art class and make sure I’m on top of my school work 

What were some of the highlights during this years CX season?

I really enjoyed making the transition from Cat 3 to 2! It was so challenging yet rewarding. Every race has been a learning experience. I’d say my favorite parts of the season were wrapping up both the series, Sportif and Super 8, in 2nd and 4th place respectively, as well as participating in MAC races which usually are really competitive and have large fields. 

Any favorite race of the 2014 CX season?

DCCX is a blast, as it’s so close to home and has a great atmosphere. The two-day event this year was awesome! 

What music do you listen to when you ride/train?

My music tastes are insanely eclectic! Right not I’m listening to a lot of Grizzly Bear and Future Islands, among others. My riding playlist is a lot of different stuff in general. I can never ride alone without music!

What do you love about bike racing? What is it about bike racing that motivates you to put in all the hard work and endure the suffering that goes along with it?

 I love how many people I’ve gotten to meet and know. There are so many parts about cycling that is really awesome, and I particularly love the competition. Doing well at a race is so rewarding, that it makes all the training worthwhile. It’s nice to set goals and work to achieve them.  

What is your favorite non-cycling activity?

I love making art. I spend a lot of time doodling and listening to music when I can. It’s also nice to hang out with my friends who aren’t into cycling. They keep me grounded because they really don’t care how I do in my races, so being with them is always relaxing.  

What is one of your goals for the 2015/2016 road season?

I’d like to keep racing and training really hard. I don’t have any results or races I’m thinking of quite yet. Upgrading to Cat. 2 would be a great achievement, so I’ll probably be working towards that most of the year

Who would you most like to ride with?

Either Marianne Vos or Pauline Ferrand-Prevot! They’re both so talented. Spending time with either of them would be pretty cool and eye opening. Considering that they’re teammates, riding with both of them simultaneously isn’t that lofty of a wish, right?..