Liv: Describe your role with Roxsolt Liv SRAM.
Peta: Officially, I’m one of three directors of the team, alongside Roxsolt’s Kelvin Rundle and another member of the team, Justine Barrow. I’m responsible for all of the sponsor negotiations and equipment. I probably play the biggest part in athlete recruitment as well just because I race across all of the disciplines so I get to scope the up-and-coming talent.
Liv: What’s the goal of the team?
Peta: We’ve always considered our purpose at Roxsolt Liv SRAM to be the team that builds the bridge for opportunity; for Australian riders to be able to ‘dip the toe’ into international racing in a fun, supportive environment. That was to be the ongoing goal, but with so many Australians able to make that leap on their own nowadays, we’re ready for a shift.
The team for 2022 is totally different from any team I’ve ever been a part of. Yes, we signed some existing champions, but what we’re really proud of this time around are our diamonds in the rough; half of our squad going to Europe had never raced a road race a year ago!
This year we’ve found so much joy in providing a platform that allows women to explore new opportunities on different bikes, whether that be for passion or results. There’s no judgment or expectation, just a supportive group of women encouraging a friend to try something new.
For 10 years I raced multi-discipline, and not once did I ever ride just ONE bike brand until Liv came along three years ago. I want other women to feel like they have the freedom of choice to pick a bike, choose a discipline for the weekend and just ride. I want them to experience that ‘shiny new toy’ feeling I did when I found cycling.
Liv: Do you think your niece and nephew will get into cycling?
Peta: Oh definitely! They already race the mountain bike club races every fortnight over summer. I get a Facetime call so they can show me what colour ribbon they’ve won. We always argue because I think the ‘best’ colour is red which happens to be 2nd place, but they tell me it’s blue, because that’s 1st place. I also joke that they’ll be beating me soon and they say, “We know.”