Sofia Arreola is a young successful rider from Monterrey, Mexico. She started riding when she was 13 years old and she became national champion one year after that. After winning 6 gold medals at the PanAm Championships and a 4th place at the Jr World Championships in Moscow, she was invited to the World Cycling Center in Switzerland for the 2009-2010 track season. Her first year as an elite rider wasn’t easy but she gained so much experience in the World Cups and took a silver medal at the senior PanAm Champs that is when she decided to focus on the track. Sofia is now a full time cyclist and she lives in Colorado, Springs.
When did you know you wanted to become a professional rider?
At first it was all about riding my bike with my sisters and do local races during the weekends, we enjoyed it so much. Once you start winning races you kind of take it more serious. When I was 14 I started training every day, always with my sisters and a group of other kids. That didn’t feel like serious training to me, it was so much fun.
When I was 18 and I was invited to the WCC in Switzerland and that´s when it became serious, I had to leave my family and friends to go to the other side of the World and do what I love the most. It was hard sometimes, but every sacrifice you make is worth it when you achieve your goals.
What do you love the most about the sport?
What I love the most about cycling is that this a passion that I share with my whole family, I remember when I was younger and we would watch every summer morning the Tour de France on my parents bed, then I would go out training with my sisters while my dad was our coach and my mom our biggest supporter. I would not be where I am right now without the love and support of my family.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
The two silver medals at the World Championships earlier this year in Minsk!
What are your goals for the future?
I want to become world champion on the track and next year I want to do more road races as well, I dream about the Olympic Games in Rio 2016
What is your normal diet during a race?
I eat pretty much everything but something I can’t miss is bread with nutella and mangos but those are hard to find in Europe
What do you like to do when you’re not riding your bike?
I love to bake and cook Mexican food!!!