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Kasia Niewiadoma

I'm renowned among friends for always smiling; you have keep positive in life - especially when there's cycling. Likewise, our writer, Millie, is also known for having a permanent smile that lights up the world. We like smiles here at Pedalnorth, and we like positive people.

Kasia Niewiadoma is one such positive person, and a damn good cyclist as well. Add to this that Kasia also has the nicest smile in world cycling and you can't help but like this amazingly talented Polish rider.

A former European U23 Road Race champion, and with two Polish National jerseys to her name, Kasia has also had an amazing season so far in 2017; so it  was no surprise to us when she used her cycling brain to take advantage on stage 1 of the Tour of Britain to ride into green and take the lead. Retaining the jersey after an early challenge is always tricky in a stage race, but this fiesty young climber from Poland and the WM3 Pro Cycling Team has the right spirit and fight, and stayed the pace throughout a damp and difficult week to carry the green jersey all the way to London, picking up the leaders jersey for the UCI Ladies World Tour too!

We first started to take notice of Kasia in 2015, and have been looking to interview her for a year, so catching up with her during the Tour of Britain was spot on for us. Stage 4 and Chesterfield provided the venue, and following the main post-race press briefing, a smiling and happy young rider joined us for our own Pedalnorth champions chat. Considering that she'd just ridden all over the Derbyshire Dales in atrocious weather, her smile was as wide as the weather had been wet, and was definitely infectious, making the interview with Kasia one of those moments that didn't seem like work - it was simply good fun :-)

You can read the interview below, or watch it on the video at the foot of this page. Either way, you'll become a fan of Kasia by the end of it.


Pedalnorth

Kasia, you've had a terrific week so far, so welcome to Britain and well done

Kasia

Thank you so much

Pedalnorth

We started looking at your racing about a year or two ago, as you started to really come through; you were a little bit fearless, always smiling, which is fantastic - how have you found it this week?

Kaisa

It's been a really great week so far; I'm really happy to be here with the team and take in every stage. There's still one stage to go, so hoping that everything goes smoothly and the weather will be fine, so ... yes. I'm hoping for no crashes or accidents and this [due to the rain]...

Pedalnorth

It's similar weather to Poland [rain]

Kasia

Haha...yeah .. haha .. kind of yeah! I have to admit that's true [laughs]


Pedalnorth

And today in the rain, how was that?

Kasia

Yeah, I wasn't bothered because of the rain, so I just kept riding and focused and it was fine

Pedalnorth

Next Poland of course,Yorkshire is the cycling centre of the universe. We'd love to see you in the Tour de Yorkshire next year Kasia.

Kasia

[laughs out loud] hahaha... okay, I will remember ... keep it in mind!


Pedalnorth

Quick question ... what was your first bike?

Kasia

Merida :)

Pedalnorth

Merida...

Kasia

[smiles] Yeah

Pedalnorth

And, where's your favourite place to ride?


Kasia

Mmm... I think I have to see more places before I can say 'that's my favourite one' -  so far I like it all.

Pedalnorth

Hills or flat?

Kasia

It's actually ... there's a lot of climbs out there ...

Pedalnorth

So you prefer the hills ...

Kaisa

Yeah

Pedalnorth

Kaisa, it's been absolutely fantastic; you're really going places, so all the best for the future

Kasia

Thank you so much ... thank you, bye bye [waves] 


Video of interview with Kasia Niewiadoma

 

 

Kasia is also now leading the UCI Ladies World Tour, and is a great prospect for the future. We'll be watching her progress here at Pedalnorth.com as she smiles and cycles all over the world stage.

Kasia has donated her green jersey from stage 4, to auction in aid Breat Cancer Research. We'll publish details of the auction for this signed jersey soon.In the meantime, you can view it at Moonglu Performance Cycles, Ripon, North Yorkshire next weekend

You can follow Kasia on Instagram by clicking here