It is the hope of cycling in the Lower Brescia area. Giosué Epis, born on March 4, 2002, in his first season as an Under 23 (complicated by the high school leaving examination, he graduated in Mechanics, ed) has already left his mark. With the jersey of the Brescia team Iseo Rime Carnovali Sias won a victory (in Sommacampagna in the Veronese area), 1 third place (in Gavardo in Bresciano), for a total of 15 times in the top ten which for a rookie in the category is not really bad. The new year for Giosué has already begun with preparation and two retreats with the team at Soprazocco di Gavardo.
“In December we had the first meeting – says Epis -, and the first week of January we met in the same place. Then we will go for three weeks in retreat in Gran Canaria where the climate is milder and we will complete the preparation to be ready for the start of the season. I will make my debut on the Brescia streets in the San Geo Cup on Saturday 26 February “.
How did you orient yourself with your studies?
“I enrolled in the” Online Degree Course in Business Management “with the address” Sports Management “. I made this choice because I do not have to attend and I can study without interfering with my major commitment which is the bicycle».
How do you consider your 2021?
“A transitory year where my impact with cycling has gone from the fun I had in the youth categories, to the commitment to understand if my great passion for cycling can also become my job. Honestly, I went beyond my own expectations by collecting results. that I would not have imagined in the first year in the Under 23. It was not easy to get used to the many more kilometers in the race, the gear ratio to use on the bike and many other things. Let’s say that now I have the basics “.
What did last season teach you?
“I have so many things left. As an athlete I learned how to eat well, how to make it easier to recover from one effort to another, many hours spent in the saddle and much less going out in the evening with friends also to be able to do the best. training the next day. Lots of little things that make you make a difference. “
And this was born in Joshua or also from something else?
“The team in general. At Team Iseo Rime Carnovali Sias I found an excellent environment to grow, it was the right choice I made to go with them. And among all the staff I emphasize the excellent relationship with the sporting director Mario Chiesa who he was able to give me the right energy, he was good at motivating me and bringing out the “fire” I have inside “.
What is the most important thing you have understood by changing category?
“The fundamental and very important point is that after a whole season I can say that even doing 4/5 hours of racing my body continues to feel good, indeed my leg improves. Consequently I can do well even in long distance races and when I get to the sprint and I manage to make the effort without problems. This is important for a sprinter, and not for everyone “.
The commitments for the maturity have weighed a lot last year, now how are you?
“Definitely better not having to get up early, run to school, run back and go out for training. I have already experienced it in these first months of preparation, not having all that stress I feel that the body makes it much more. changed that now I arrive in the evening and I am no longer so destroyed … “.
What importance did it have, and does it have, to have your older sister Silvia, Technical Director of the National Youth Sector of the Federation at your side?
“He gave me so much especially when I was 14/15 years old and taught me that cycling is a sport of many values and not just fun. Silvia is an important side on which I can always count”.
What does Giosué Epis ask for in 2022?
“If I had to choose a race to win or the Liberation Grand Prix or a stage at the Giro d’Italia Under 23. I think the thrill of a success in the stage race in Italy is a unique thing that few have experienced. Winning the race in Roma line would be amazing: it’s international, very prestigious. I tested it last year: I liked it a lot and I finished 16th, a good placement for a freshman “.
What do you feel like asking about the future?
“If I had a choice I would like to be able to afford a good lifestyle so that I can help my family and thus repay the efforts they have made for me.”