Matilda Raynolds – The travails of an Aussie who went all-in for cancelled Lotto Belgium Tour

Matilda Raynolds racing the Melbourne to Warrnambool in Australia in 2023, where she came third in the race which she won in 2020 and 2021
Matilda Raynolds racing to third place in the 2023 Melbourne to Warrnambool in Australia (Image credit: Con Chronis/Melbourne to Warrnambool)

"Cycling you are fcked but I love you," was a line from an Instagram post by Matilda Raynolds earlier this year.

It wouldn't seem unreasonable if she was leaning into the negative side of this love/hate relationship with the sport right now. This week she was meant to be lining up at the Lotto Belgium Tour, having staked a huge amount of training, time, effort and money into utilising the race as a potential opportunity to launch her dream of becoming a European-based professional cyclist.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.