SUCCESS ON THE BIKE AND AT HOME - MEET THE SANTINI SUPERMUMS!
Being a mum and an athlete can be a challenge but women relish a challenge. Australian triathlete Mirinda Carfrae, who is also a Santini ambassador and three-time IRONMAN World Champion (Kona 2010, 2013 and 2014), agrees: «I used to think triathlon was all consuming but it’s nothing when compared to being a mum. That said I absolutely love the balance being Izzy’s mum brings to our family, she’s such a little ray of light and love!».
«One funny thing that’s been happening more and more is the number of people who come to our autograph signings for a photo with Izzy. I will be standing there signing autographs etc., and I will turn around and see Izzy with her own line» laughs Mirinda. Becoming a mum has made 2015 UCI World Road Race Champion and Trek-Segafredo team member, Lizzie Deignan fall in love with being an athlete all over again: «Every moment of training is even more precious and has to count as it’s time away from Orla».
«I think the funniest thing about being a mum and an athlete is the juxtaposition though, from winning a race one minute and spraying champagne on the podium with teammates to returning home and just being a mum, changing a nappy and clearing up mess - says Lizzie. I love my core strength training now as I incorporate Orla in to it – she loves crawling all over me and copying my stretches – and adds extra weight to improve my strength further!»
Athlete, mother, designer: Lizzie also works closely with Santini’s designers on the latter’s women’s collections. For 2020, she partnered the Bergamo company on a new cycling collection under the Lizzie XX Santini logo. The double XX is a nod to the fact that this is the second year of the partnership but also references the female chromosome in a tribute to her daughter, Orla.