What is your background in Cycling?
I started cycling when I was 15 riding for my local club, Velo Club Lincoln until 2004. Previous to this I had been a competitive runner competing at a high level in cross country, track and road. In 2005 I rode for Team FBUK which progressed onto team Global Racing. These teams gave me a great opportunity to try out European racing and get a feel for the bigger scene. In 2001 I came 3rd in the National Junior Road Race Champs and in 2005 2nd in the U23 National Road Champs. The disciplines I compete in are road racing and cyclo cross. I have represented Great Britain in 4 cyclo cross world championships. My best placing in a cyclo cross world cup is 9th.
How long have you been involved in the sport and what was your first event?
I have been involved in cycling now for 9 years, although 7 years competitively. My first race was a crit in Lincoln, in fact I beat a lot of the boys!!!
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I would like to become a stronger road rider and develop my skills further. I have always based my road season towards my cyclo cross season; however this year I am very much committed to the road season and am really enjoying being part of Vision 1 Racing. I feel that being able to ride with the best rider in the world is an amazing opportunity and it really inspires me to work hard and achieve high. I would love to compete for Wales in the upcoming Commonwealth Games so I will be training very hard and working hard in the coming races. Obviously over the next 5 years I should become alot stronger as a rider and so I would like to make significant progress in he UCI races and with a great backing from Vision 1 anything is possible!
Cyclo cross wise I would ultimately like to podium in World Cups and the Worlds.
What are your strongest points?
I would say my strongest points are that I am a good team worker and always work hard for my team leader. I would also say that I am a good all rounder.
What would you say is your most prized cycling possession?
It would have to be my first GB skinsuit! It is always very exciting when you are selected to represent your country.
I would probably also say my first National medal.
What would you class as your best ride or position to date and why?
I think I am still trying to ultimately achieve this on the road racing circuit.
When I was younger I would have said my first National Series win, as it was a solo win by 3 minutes.
In cyclo cross it would have to be 9th in Holland in the World Cup series.
Who is your favourite sports person and why?
My favourite sports person as a young girl was Kelly Holmes, she competed in the same disciplines as me and I thought she was a fantastic athlete. I still admire her.
Cycling wise, Nicole Cooke is an amazing inspiration and it is an amazing opportunity for me to be able to ride alongside such a champion.
Have you got any advice for any young people thinking of getting
involved in cycling?
I think for a young person the main thing is to just go out there and enjoy it, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
You are now riding for Vision 1 Racing. Can you tell us what this means to you to be riding with the Olympic and World Champion Nicole Cooke?
As I have said it is an amazing opportunity to be able to ride with Nicole. It is something that not everyone will have. She is an inspiration to so many young female cyclists and she has achieved the ultimate…World and Olympic Champion is something that many dream of. I feel very lucky…
Tell us about the Focus bikes you are riding?
Vision 1 Racing are using Focus Cayo race bikes. They feel fantastic to ride, and I am very pleased with my bike. It is very light and feels very responsive. It is equipped with Sram Red and Ricthey, which finishes the bike of perfectly. The team are also using Speedplay pedals, which is something new for me this season, they are also very light which keeps the weight of the bike down. They allow good movement and are knee friendly!!
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt