Francesca (Fra) Selva has been racing on Rene Herse tires for many years, on road and monitor. Her responses is portion of our R&D. Her spirit and the pleasure she gets from cycling encourage us all. We not long ago caught up with Fra as she prepares the 2024 season.

RH: Our audience typically know you from racing fixed-gear bikes in Italy. Previous 12 months, you went to Belgium to race on the street. Why change?

Fra: The moment I attained the leading degree on the track, I recognized that 99% of the riders also compete on the highway. I have found it in particular when I teach with the countrywide crew. I wanted to insert some genuine highway racing to improve as an athlete and be a lot more aggressive on the monitor. Which is why I’ve joined the UCI Continental Group Torelli that is based in Belgium. And just after some excellent encounters final 12 months, I can say I will surely be back again this 12 months.

Fra: However I did not do any mounted races final yearbecause in Italy there weren’t any. Due to the fact they didn’t arranged the national championships in 2023, I’m nevertheless the countrywide champion for another calendar year (higher than)! I hope there will be some races up coming year, since mounted is one particular of the most fun disciplines, in my opinion.

RH: Explain to us about racing in Belgium. How is it unique from Italy?

Fra: The stage and the forms of races. There are races virtually each working day. Most of them are on flat, little roadways, in windy and wet weather. So we racers are constantly stretched out in a prolonged line, heading full gasoline. Its so similar to a observe race as considerably as the effort is involved, just longer.

RH: How extensive are the races ordinarily? Are they circuits or road races?

Fra: The UCI races are generally on the highway, with some climbs, all over 130 km (80 miles) extended. I also do a good deal of kermesse races that are held in towns all over Belgium. Typically there is a circuit that ranges from 2 km to a lot less than 10 km, and the whole race is about 100 km in full.

RH: Who are the racers?

Fra: In the UCI races, I race with all the professional riders from the Earth Tour and the continental groups. And all riders use the kermesse races primarily to coach and have entertaining. That’s how Ive raced with Lotte Kopecky donning the rainbow jersey last calendar year (previously mentioned).

RH: Im positive these professional racers are seriously, actually rapidly. How was it to adapt to the distinctive type of racing?

Fra: Im not genuinely generating moves in the UCI races still. I just put up with a ton. [laughs] In the kermesse, I felt really cozy simply because Im very good at positioning and I also appreciate to race in the rainwhich comes about quite a great deal in Belgium. And the races are about two-and-a-fifty percent hrs of all-out racing, so its just like executing an omnium on the keep track of, but with no the breaks amongst the races!

RH: What do you appreciate most about racing in Belgium?

Fra: Probably that if I really do not get a good consequence now, I can race all over again tomorrow and give it one more try. Having so numerous races is just incredible. But I would say the greatest aspect is most likely the supporters. It doesn’t make any difference no matter whether you are a celebrity or a no one, there will be folks inquiring you for pictures and autographs.

RH: That sounds like exciting! If I might check with, what is your least most loved component?

Fra: That there is extra prize income in the intermediate sprints than for the end. I can dash only at the time!

RH: Which races did you earn very last calendar year?

Fra: There were being fairly a few… I gained a Derny race in Wilrik (earlier mentioned, centre). In Belgium, they do motorpaced Derny races all over the place, on the keep track of, on the street. This one particular was near Brusells. There was a 10 km qualification race, then the 1st four finishers raced the 10k ultimate.I gained in entrance of Helene Hester in the European Championship jersey.

In Aarhus (Denmark), I received all 3 races (scratch, elimination and place race), and of corse the G.C. (common classification). With Amalie Winther Olsen, we gained the Madison in Prostejov (Czech Republic) and the flying lap during the 6-Days in Fiorenzuola (Italy). And I received the elimination through the 6-Days in Pordenone (Italy).

RH: You had been chosen to ride in the Champions League. Tell us about this.

Fra: The UCI Observe Champions’ League is the most vital series on the monitor cycling calendaronly the entire world championships are much more significant. Its organized by the UCI and Eurosport, the Television set business. We have cameras on our bikes! Each and every party is made up of just 3 hrs of racing, with tremendous-quickly, small races. There have been 5 rounds: Mallorca, Berlin (previously mentioned, with me in the middle), Paris and London (2 times). Eighteen riders from all around the globe competed. Twelve riders were selected at the entire world championships, in addition there were 6 wild playing cards.

RH: That need to have been exciting!

Fra: I couldn’t believe that it! But it was also a big accountability: I was the only Italian in the bunch.

RH: Tell us about your bikes. What do you ride on the street?

Fra: On the road, Im using a Cervelo Caledonia with Rene Herse tiresChinook Move 28 mm on the entrance and Cayuse Pass 26 mm on the rear wheelwith Extralight casings. Like quite a few professionals, I’m working tubes. Nonetheless, for races with cobblestones, I’m seriously looking forward to the new tubeless 31 mm Orondo Grade tires. Im so self-confident on my bicycle, even when its raining, mainly because I trust my tires 100%. I desire to use a massive tire at the front to travel improved into the corners.

RH: How about on the track?

Fra: On my Handsling keep track of bike (higher than in Prostejov), I use an FMB Rene Herse 23 mm tubular on the entrance and a 25 mm on the rear.

RH: You do not get paid to race on Rene Herse tires. Why do you opt for our tires?

Fra: I imagine the tires are the most important components of my bikes. You can have the greatest body and factors, but if you dont rely on your tires, you cant force the restrictions.

RH: What are your programs and goals for the long term?

Fra: It is likely to be a huge yr for me! I’ll attempt to earn all the kermess races in Belgium! (Maybe…) Significantly, I hope to put my name in the benefits of some of the UCI races this calendar year. The most significant race I will do is the Globe Tour in London, the RideLondon Classique, in late May well. Im pretty enthusiastic to sprint in front of Buckingham Palace! Then I will have a really hectic summer time on the monitor, with Six-Times in Fiorenzuola and London as my big aims, adopted by races all over Europe.

RH: Thank you and great luck! We are so psyched for you!

Fra: Thanks for permitting me share all of this with you.