Swiss National Champion Pascale Maria Schnider Gets Ready for Worlds and 2012 Olympic Games

Posted on 10. Sep, 2011 by in interviews

The 2011 road season began with watching Swiss National Road and Time Trial Champion, Pascale Maria Schnider, being successful in California at the Merco Cycling Classic. Schnider raced as a guest rider for Red Racing. She finished just behind Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Highroad) in both the Merced Criterium and the Almond Blossom Road Race stages, and was able to complete the Merco Cycling Classic as the second place overall winner. Schnider then won the bronze medal in the women’s pursuit at the UCI Track World Cup II in Cali, Colombia, only to return to California and easily win the 36th annual Cherry Pie Criterium.

Pascale Mara Schnider (RED Racing) at the Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic Downtown Grand Prix

Pascale Mara Schnider (RED Racing) at the Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic Downtown Grand Prix

“I spent two winters training in Los Angeles,” stated Schnider. “I trained at the (Home Depot Center) Velodrome with Sarah Hammer and had the best training partners during that time. I improved a lot while I was training in LA. Some friends then encouraged me to come up to Northern California and I fell in love with Santa Cruz. I am very comfortable in California. It really helps with my training for the Games. My coach lives in Sacramento and I plan on returning to Santa Cruz after I race at the World Championship.”

“This season I was a guest rider for Red Racing,” continued Schnider. “I currently ride for the Swiss National team, but I am interested in joining an American team next season. I really would like to come back to the US and race. The plan is definitely more American races to prepare for the Olympics.”

Pascale Maria Schnider racing at the 2011 Testorossa Velodrome Challenge

Pascale Maria Schnider racing at the 2011 Testorossa Velodrome Challenge

Schnider has split her time between racing on the track and the road. Recently she has decided to focus more on her road racing. “I do really like racing the track but I think, for me, I will use the track to train for the road. My focus will be on road racing. My focus for the Olympics will be to race for Switzerland in the road races. I am getting ready for Worlds now. It will be pretty much non-stop for me in 2012 until the Games begin.”

Schnider is quite driven and not one to give up. She came in a close second in the 2010 Swiss National Road Championship and was ready to take both 2011 Championships. “I won track and TT national last year but it was really close on the road. I came in second at the line. I was really wishing and hoping to make it up this year.”

When asked why she chose cycling, she responded, “I started racing about 10 years ago. I used to be a cross country skier. Cycling was a great cross training in the summer. I really liked riding and decided to stick with it. I just really liked watching the Tour and track racing on TV. I was always into to it. I simply just love riding my bike.”

2011 Race Results:

  • 1st Bern-West, SUI
  • 2nd GP Oberbaselbiet, SUI
  • 1st Swiss National Road Championship, SUI
  • 1st Swiss National Time Trial Championship, SUI
  • 1st Burgistei-Stockental
  • 2nd Strawberry Criterium, USA
  • 4th San Rafael Twilight Criterium, USA
  • 11th Overall Cascade Cycling Classic, USA
  • 1st Overall Hana Tour, Czech Republic
  • 2nd Cham-Hagendorn, SUI
  • 3rd Diessenhofen Criterium, SUI
  • 1st Cherry Pie Criterium, USA
  • 2nd Merced Criterium, USA
  • 2nd Overall Merco Cycling Classic, USA
  • 1st Santa Cruz Classic Criterium, USA
  • 1st Schoenaich, GER
  • 1st Berne Tour, SUI

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