Elisa is the newest girl in the team. As she tells us in this video, her journey to becoming one of the “Pirates” began a day she was stuck in traffic in a car with a friend, feeling a little down about life, and spotted Juanjo cycling along the road, racing past them. She then turned to her friend and told her: “If you ever hear me complaining again, remind me of this moment.”
Elisa lost a leg as a result of cancer when she was a teenager. She managed to beat the illness and take a job as a nurse. But what she calls her “true inner revolution” began a few months ago when she found herself at the Barcelona Velodrome. Her initial idea was to be able to ride a bike around Barcelona and now – shy though excited – she admits that she can’t quite believe how much she is achieving.
She started working out at the gym in April 2011 and by July she was getting on a bike for the first time. Bernat (the Pirates’ coach) thinks she has great potential so he pushes her harder. He and the rest of the team intend to get her to qualify to be included as a member of the first Spanish women’s Paralympic team.