My biggest sporting hero would have to be Victoria Pendleton, who I’ve been lucky enough to meet. She is one of the biggest names in cycling, and I aspire to be like her one day, with so many successes at every major championship she competed at. Yet, she has also had some difficult and challenging times in her life, on the bike as well as off it; and it’s her determination, resilience and perseverance that I admire the most.
How did you first get involved in your sport?
I started cycling competitively in March 2014, so I was 14 at the time. My dad used to ride for Great Britain when he was a junior, so my interest in the sport stemmed from the stories he told me from when he rode. From a young age I have always been involved in sport, so I jumped at the opportunity of getting on a bike.
What do you love about it?
I really enjoy riding my bike in general. I find it a great way of de-stressing, especially after a long day at school. Moreover, the thought of hopefully competing at an Olympic Games and representing my country at something that I love makes me enjoy it even more, even when training is tough.
Tell us about your career highlights so far?
One of my best highlights would be winning a bronze medal in the European Youth Olympic Time Trial in July 2015, having only been on the bike competitively for a year. However, more recently I won a silver medal in the World Championships Junior Women’s Madison, and a bronze medal in the European Track Championships for the Team Pursuit.
What are your career goals?
Ultimately, I’d love to represent my country at an Olympic Games and win a gold medal. I also want to be able to inspire girls of all ages to ride a bike, whether that be competitively or just for fun.
What is your training regime?
Monday for me is usually a day off the bike. However, I have a strength and conditioning session in the gym. Then Tuesday through to Friday consists of on-the-bike sessions, whether on the turbo, on the road or in the velodrome. I have a further s&c session on Friday and then the weekend is usually packed with racing. Races take place all over the UK so I spend a lot of time travelling North!
What do you do to relax?
I don’t get too much time to relax having quite a full-on schedule on the bike as well as at school, but when I do, I like to spend time with my family and friends or chilling out in front of the TV.
What will you put the Boudavida donation towards?
I would put any money raised towards the purchase of a new disc wheel after mine was damaged during the World Team Pursuit Championships in Aigle, Switzerland in July. Unfortunately, I had a crash and my wheel, leg and helmet were run over by a Japanese rider. The crash happened as we were making ‘the catch’ in the team pursuit, riding for a bronze medal qualifying time. As we caught the Japanese team they were ‘red flagged’ which meant they had to stay down the track and not carry out any changes. Unfortunately they didn’t do that and they made a dangerous change, which caused the rider in front of me to back up to avoid a collision. That resulted in her taking out my front wheel and causing me to crash.