Team Virtu Cycling signs Trine Schmidt
The Danish rider Trine Schmidt will join Team Virtu Cycling in 2018 on a one-year-contract.
After five years outside of cycling Danish Trine Schmidt returned in 2017, and she is ready to take another step up in 2018 joining Team Virtu Cycling. The 29-year-old rider hopes that the team can make her an even better rider next season.
“2017 was a startup year for me after a five-year break from cycling, and I had the opportunity at Lotto to slowly get back and test myself. I sign with Team Virtu Cycling, because I hope it can help me become even better. I have had a year of learning, and now I know what I need to improve,” Trine Schmidt says.
In 2011 she rode for Garmin-Cervélo but put her cycling career on a hold to study until she returned at the Danish national championships in 2016, where she earned a silver medal. In total she holds eight national Danish medals on the road and 23 on the track along with a world championship silver medal in points race and an Olympic Games participation in 2008.
Trine Schmidt did five years on the highest level of the sport before her break, and she looks forward to getting back at that level and even on a Danish team.
“I can feel that the level has improved in the past five years, but I hope the team also can raise my level. And then I just think it is awesome to be in a Danish team with Danish riders and some international riders. I’m really looking forward to it,” she says.
During the winter she will continue to ride the track, but she also looks forward to getting back on the road in 2018.
“In the winter the track is my main focus, but in general I’m trying to focus on improving myself – especially on the ITT. At Team Virtu Cycling the TTT is a big goal, and that is very exciting and I want to be a part of that. And then I just want to be important for the team and help our leaders whenever they need it,” Trine Schmidt says.
Sports director Carmen Small also expects Trine Schmidt to reach an even higher level in 2018 and she will be a valuable piece to the puzzle at Team Virtu Cycling.
“Trine is going to be very important for us with her skills on the ITT and TTT. She has come back to cycling after some years outside, but she has showed, that she still has the skills and level to race on a top level. I think we only will see her improve in 2018, when she has had even more time to adapt in the sport again. She is going to add a lot to the team both on and off the bike,” Carmen Small says.
Trine Schmidt is joining Team Virtu Cycling from Lotto Soudal Ladies.