'How did it feel to turn pro at 35? Terrifying! But I was very determined': Claire Steels tells us how to get faster year after year

The fitness trainer turned WorldTour pro talks us through a key week of training

Claire Steels in action
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Want to know how the best riders in the world train? For each article in this long-running MY WEEK IN TRAINING series from Cycling Weekly's print edition, we sit down with a pro rider who talks us through a recent week of training in granular detail. This time it's the turn of Claire Steels..

Claire Steels has flown somewhat under the radar to the top level of the sport. Having started out in duathlon, she did not switch to cycling until six years ago, aged 30. The learning curve may have been steep, but so was her progress. In 2019, even before signing for a UCI team, Steels won Ireland’s premier stage race, Rás na mBan. A strong 2022 season, including eighth on GC at the Tour Feminin l’Ardeche, earnt her a contract with Israel-Premier Tech Roland. Here, she talks us through a key week of training ahead of leading her team at the Tour de France Femmes. 

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David Bradford
Features editor

David Bradford is features editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.