- Place: Varea (Logroño)
- Birth: 01/01/1994
- Country: ESP
- Height: 169 Cm
- Weight: 60 Kg
- Pro debut: 2013
- Career path:
A WISH. She thought through her choice for the entire past season to eventually join the Movistar Team. The project had made a huge gamble on women’s cycling, always counter on her, and she was really eager to race alongside her “neighbours” -as she calls them, hailing from La Rioja near the team’s home in Navarra-. Full of confidence given to her by DS Jorge Sanz, the answer became clearer and clearer with time. Her arrival makes the whole team excited, and her experience abroad has made her cope better with pressure. She’ll also enjoy a very united group by her side, one that has made her feel well received and “back at home”, as Sheyla herself defines.
LEAVING BAD MOMENTS BACK. The Spaniard wants to bounce back after misfortune and return to the spring classics with the same form and attitude she already showed two years ago, always remaining near the best at all races. Sheyla will also look forward to giving the team some joy at those races, where the Telefónica-backed team will try and improve even further. Jorge considers this signing -together with Roxane Fournier’s- will add “more muscle” to the classics lineups, the squad being able to play multiple cards. Another episode Gutiérrez wants to leave behind was an accident in June 2017, being hit by a driver while training. Even though the incident really hampered her performances for the second half of 2018, Gutiérrez did not stop shining at the Giro Rosa, where she wore the QOM jersey and came just 500 meters short to a breakaway victory on stage two of the race.
QUEEN OF THE SPANISH PALMARÈS. The Varea native has brought Spanish women’s cycling some of its most exciting results during the last six seasons she’s spent as pro, three with Lointek (2013-2015) and the last three with Cylance Pro Cycling (2016-2018). The last two years have seen her claim most of her UCI victories: a stage in the Giro Rosa (2017), the Belgian Le Samyn classic (2017), two international stageraces in China -the Tour of Zhoushan Island and the Panorama Guizhou Road Race, both in 2018- and the 2017 Spanish road race Championships in Soria, as well as the GP Morbihan in 2015 while still part of Lointek.
Known as ‘La Leona’ or ‘Hippie Lion’ (an English-language reminiscence of her three-year stay in the American squad Cylance, now defunct), Sheyla has a very distinctive facet away from cycling. She’s studying Psychology and Childhood Education, a choice made because of her love for children – she often defines herself as “just another little girl.”
Learning about the development of emotions in little children has also helped her throughout her professional racing career. Sheyla often explains it’s important to know well that non-verbal language in order to integrate yourself into a group. The brain’s behaviour is of great interest for her, and she’s willing to devote herself to special education when she retires from cycling.