Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio blog: Finding peace and my place in lockdown

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) training indoors at Rocacorba Cycling in Spain
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) training indoors at Rocacorba Cycling in Spain (Image credit: Rocacorba Cycling)

So, life has changed. If you're a human on the planet, you've been affected by the coronavirus. For us at Rocacorba Cycling in Spain, that has meant full lockdown. It happened with very little notice and, with the exception of groceries, medical care, or walking a pet, we are confined to our homes.

The notice of our lockdown came fast. In about 48 hours we went from rumours to "effective immediately", and with that came a lot of fear and questions. As the gravity of reality sank in, so did my fear about the future. In the big picture of life, sport is not an essential good. Everyone is vulnerable – physically, mentally and economically – and in such unprecedented times, I was struggling to find peace and place in the global pandemic. 

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Ashleigh-Moolman-Pasio is a world-class climber and the newest member of CCC-Liv (formerly Waowdeals). She has written a regular blog for Cyclingnews since 2016, touching on topics of gender equality in women’s and men’s professional cycling.

From South Africa, Moolman-Pasio turned professional with Lotto Ladies Team in 2010, spent one season with Hitec Products in 2014 and the last four seasons with Cervelo-Bigla. She made a move to CCC-Liv in 2019 and will race alongside her long-time mentor Marianne Vos.

She’s a versatile rider who was second at Flèche Wallonne, fourth at the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastonge-Liège, and second behind Annemiek van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa in 2018. This year, look for Moolman-Pasio at the front end of the peloton, and on the podium, during the Spring Classics and at the most mountainous stage races on the Women’s WorldTour.