At 22, Ella Bloor is the baby of Specialized Women's Racing team. Her innocence is infectious. She's forever smiling and full of surprises. And also quite possibly the only member of the team who's familiar with the name Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Not a Spring Classics specialist. So what does one of the leading pioneers of modernist architecture have to do with cycling I hear you ask. The German-born architect was one of Ella's biggest inspirations on the way to becoming a Bachelor of Architecture Design at the University of Sydney.
Architecture is an influence Ella acquired from her father. "The love he has for his projects, his clients and the relationships he developed through his work really inspired me. He's incredibly passionate," remarks Ella. "I love working on the little details. It's in the detail that I find beauty. Even with our bikes and our kits; it's the small features that I tend to love and appreciate the most."
"It's in the detail that I find beauty. Even with our bikes and our kits; it's the small features that I tend to love and appreciate the most."