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Ranked 27th in the World by the International Cycling Union and second in Canada. Not so long ago, Joëlle Numainville did not like the cycling in fact, to be honest, she did not like sports.

It was not for lack of trying: tennis, soccer, swimming and more recently, mountain biking. She did not enjoy any of them. She only really rode a bike to be with friends.

That is until she got on a road bike. A year after starting road cycling, the girl had a place in the national team and participated in her first World Championships.

“It was the trigger, Since then, I have taken part in many competitions with the national team. I participated in prestigious events such as the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. ”

However, the champion recognizes that while this change has been beneficial, the fact remains that it was very difficult. It is not enough to have the passion and compete with the best, one must still be able to follow and Joëlle, although extremely determined, wasn’t able to at the start. “My first year was a challenging senior, recalls the athlete. There were many competitions where I was physically unable to finish my race. I lacked inspiration and energy.”

Undeterred, Joëlle redoubled her efforts. She wasn’t going to give up that easily, even if a few nasty accidents might have discouraged her. In one incident. Joëlle went over her bike and landed a few yards away, head first on the road. The result was five broken teeth and a jaw fracture. A few days later she was back on the bike. “We fall on average two to three times a year says Joelle. This one was my most serious. But usually the injuries are minimal. It will be grazes of various sizes on the elbows, knees, legs, and sometimes even the buttocks. We still get back on the bike. We don’t notice. That is until the soap and water remind you when you’re in the shower after the race, it is just minor details.”

She has great ambitions and not a few scratches that will change her plans. “I train very hard, because I want to continue to improve and achieve my dream, that is to ride the Olympic Games this summer in London.”

Her efforts have not been in vain. Progress has been steady and remarkable. Ranked 49th in the world in 2009, Joëlle has climbed to 32nd place in 2010 and 27th in 2011. This is an improvement of 22 places in two years only. The feat is even more remarkable when you consider that the world ranking of the International Cycling Union has 405 athletes.

At a national level, one Canadian is better, the Olympic multimedalist Clara Hughes, who is also a great athlete in speed skating.

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Ranked 27th in the World by the International Cycling Union and second in Canada. Not so long ago, Joëlle Numainville did not like the cycling in fact, to be honest, she did not like sports.

It was not for lack of trying: tennis, soccer, swimming and more recently, mountain biking. She did not enjoy any of them. She only really rode a bike to be with friends.

That is until she got on a road bike. A year after starting road cycling, the girl had a place in the national team and participated in her first World Championships.

“It was the trigger, Since then, I have taken part in many competitions with the national team. I participated in prestigious events such as the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. ”

However, the champion recognizes that while this change has been beneficial, the fact remains that it was very difficult. It is not enough to have the passion and compete with the best, one must still be able to follow and Joëlle, although extremely determined, wasn’t able to at the start. “My first year was a challenging senior, recalls the athlete. There were many competitions where I was physically unable to finish my race. I lacked inspiration and energy.”

Undeterred, Joëlle redoubled her efforts. She wasn’t going to give up that easily, even if a few nasty accidents might have discouraged her. In one incident. Joëlle went over her bike and landed a few yards away, head first on the road. The result was five broken teeth and a jaw fracture. A few days later she was back on the bike. “We fall on average two to three times a year says Joelle. This one was my most serious. But usually the injuries are minimal. It will be grazes of various sizes on the elbows, knees, legs, and sometimes even the buttocks. We still get back on the bike. We don’t notice. That is until the soap and water remind you when you’re in the shower after the race, it is just minor details.”

She has great ambitions and not a few scratches that will change her plans. “I train very hard, because I want to continue to improve and achieve my dream, that is to ride the Olympic Games this summer in London.”

Her efforts have not been in vain. Progress has been steady and remarkable. Ranked 49th in the world in 2009, Joëlle has climbed to 32nd place in 2010 and 27th in 2011. This is an improvement of 22 places in two years only. The feat is even more remarkable when you consider that the world ranking of the International Cycling Union has 405 athletes.

At a national level, one Canadian is better, the Olympic multimedalist Clara Hughes, who is also a great athlete in speed skating.

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