Kim le Court took two of 2018’s most prestigious cycling titles; the 100 Cycle Challenge and The Cape Town Cycle Tour. We caught up with her to find out more about her love for dogs and how she survived Malaria at three years old.

How did you get into cycling?

I got into cycling through my family, especially my brother. My parents started cycling when I was only about 12 years old. My brother then followed the family sport, and I did everything that my brother did; whichever sports he would pursue, I would jump into. So, at the age of 13, I got my very first bike.

What advice would you give young female cyclists?

To always stay humble. Never let anyone tell you that you will not make it. Keep going, keep training – but most of all – stay humble, always.

Who is your hero and why? Either cycling-related or not.

My hero is my dad. He gives everything he has to his family, he has always cared more for us and has always given us everything we wished for. Whenever he could, he would find a way to make us happy. At the moment, I am coaching him and he is my best athlete; he never misses a training session. He really does inspire me.

What do you love most about cycling?

The feeling of being free, feeling alive and happy. You can go anywhere you want, it’s a feeling only cyclists can understand. It’s special.

Where is your favourite place to cycle and why?

I would say my childhood home, Mauritius. The scenery is beautiful and there are all kinds of routes, mountains, flats and drags; you can basically do anything. I would also add the Pyrenees and the Alps as the most beautiful roads I have ever ridden on.

Bust one cycling myth.

Never raise your hands up before crossing the finish line. 😉

What is your greatest strength off the bike?

The love I have for my jobs as a coach and a bike fitter.

What is your greatest weakness off the bike?

Mmmm, I do love food. Especially Maltesers … But I would also say dogs. I don’t have one at the moment, but I am scared that if I do get one someday, I will want to stay home and cuddle all day long rather than go out on my bike.

What’s your advice on handling stress and pressure?

I think no one is able to handle stress. For me, stress is a good thing. Because if you stress, it means you know you are capable of amazing things and you know you belong there.

Tell us something we don’t already know about you!

When I was about three years old, I lived in Madagascar and was diagnosed with Malaria. There was only a 10% chance of survival and I was basically dead. But, thankfully, the doctors managed to treat it and here I am today.

 

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