Video: In Between The Races with Mona Mitterwallner

Jun 30, 2022 at 8:27

In Between The Races is back for another season of insight into the world of cycling that you don’t often see.

We’ll be following along for the travel days, training days and rest days, and discovering how riders relax and reset after one race, and prepare for the next.

Every rider and team has a unique way of maximizing their performance, and it’s not all about tough gym sessions or long hours in the saddle. In Between The Races brings you the downtime, team spirit, personal quirks and funny moments of life outside the tape.

In this episode, we’re with Mona Mitterwallner.

Mona is in her first year with Cannondale Factory Racing, a legendary team with a colourful character. It’s a big step for a rider, who after just one year in the U23 category, made the step up into the elite ranks and into one of the biggest and best-known teams in the World. What it’s clear to see is that this young rider has a mature head on her shoulders, and is benefitting greatly from the experience and expertise around her.

Hit the play button to see how Mona is growing in confidence, taking time to appreciate the rewards of her hard work, tackling the technicality of race courses and dealing with the pressure of being one of the most talked-about riders at the World Cup.


  • 6 0
 Props to her English skills as well. I feel like that's some of the biggest limitation in terms of marketability outside of the home market for most none nativ speaker elite athletes. And being in an international team will only make it better.
  • 8 0
 “The fast line is only fast if you can ride it fast…”
  • 6 0
 she won everything before elite, i'm quite sure she will transfer those skills , give her a season or so
  • 3 0
 She's still young, and is a massive talent, and a great climber; with only one weakness at the moment - she has no explosive power. Which is a problem at the start of races, she may improve as she gets stronger.
  • 4 0
 If she can improve her sprints off the starting line she'll be a force to contend with.
  • 4 2
 Fun fact: Robin Wallner had a baby with Veronica Überwallner. That babies name? Mona Mitterwallner.
  • 2 0
 Ha ha
  • 3 0
 I'm so over these witty play-upons
  • 2 0
 Such a nice person. Going to be a force for sure!
  • 1 0
 Nice one… good vibes going on… with a bit more luck than in Leogang everything will work out fine!
  • 1 0
 She has had some incredibly bad luck so far yet has ridden thru to remarkable results. With luck on her side, look out.
  • 4 6
 Mona strikes me as a Very Serious Person. She’s obviously a great rider and she obviously has something driving her along, but from the outside it’s hard to see where joy or passion play into her formula for success.

Like the speech she gave at the dinner table. She talked later about how the team felt like a second family, but the way she formally stood up and gave a speech thanking everyone in platitudes just seemed off. And then they politely applauded. That doesn’t seem like a family dinner to me. Of course this could be an English skill thing, or it could have been staged for the cameras but it fits with the impression she has given elsewhere. Like the podium photo of Bec pouring champaign into a shoe. Mona was in the background staring at the act in utter, visceral shock and horror. I won’t speculate on what was actually going through her head, but it suggests she’s never really out of Very Serious Person mode.

This isn’t a criticism or a problem necessarily. Mainly it’s an observation. We all have our own personalities and formulas for success. Maybe hers is being a Very Serious Person 24/7. But I find it hard to really view her as a person instead of some kind of racing machine. And I have to believe it’s a huge burnout risk in her career.
  • 5 1
 Nobody cares what you think. You should try expressing yourself in German and see how it comes across to random people on the internet.
  • 1 2
 @trouble: curious that you took the time to reply despite not caring.
  • 2 0
 You should watch the Cannondale CFR videos to see how wrong you are.
  • 3 0
 I don’t know you at all but judging solely by your comment you strike me as an Extremely Serious Person.
  • 2 0
 All that from a 3 second clip? You're reading far too much into dude.
  • 1 0
 Instant fan, can't wait to see her reach the top step!
  • 4 4
 First XC news I've clicked on in a while, Cannondale Lefties are still a thing?
  • 4 0
 hold the f*ck up lefties are SINGLE CROWN now?
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: there was an in-depth article on PB when they came out. Cool stuff
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: lol, yes they are single crown, I've been riding on mine now for over a year. My favorite 100mm fork for sure, best part is you can put them on any frame now too
  • 2 0
 She's a lefty riding a lefty.
  • 1 0
 My brother has one on his Cannondale. He’s had no complaints about his whatsoever.

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