HOW DID YOU GET INTO CYCLING?
"In the winter of 2011 my dad had heard that a new track was built in Bournemouth. One afternoon we went up to have a look, and Richard Eastham (my first coach) was stood by the gate advertising new sessions to start on a Saturday morning. I went along and really enjoyed it and I met Graham Hurst and made many friends from Poole Wheelers who encouraged me to join as a member. I remember after London 2012 Olympics, we had 60 kids come to the sessions for a few weeks!"
WHAT IS IT YOU LIKE, WINNING? THE HARD WORK?
"I just love the friendly atmosphere at club sessions and the fun that we have! I mean, winning is quite likable too but I like the journey to getting to that point where you try and fail and learning from mistakes-it makes the win more valuable! I also enjoy the feeling in training when you know you’ve done the best you can to improve and prepare for races, where you know the hard work should pay off."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING RIDE/SESSION?
"I love every time I am on my bike, whether training or racing. But my favourite place to train is in the North of France where we have a house. It’s so hilly out there and there is no traffic! But on the track, I love the club sessions as it’s about the catching up as well as efforts."
ROAD OR TRACK?
"It’s difficult because I have been doing track longer and love the atmosphere at races. But I also really enjoy road because I find it more interesting in the way of terrain and type of racing, like crits. So I definitely prefer road."
WHO IS THE BIGGEST CYCLING INFLUENCE/HERO ON YOUR CYCLING?
"I would have to say that Laura Trott is a role model for me because she is so passionate about what she does. However, close to home, Becky Raybould influences me because not only has become world champ but has done it in 4 years. I remember one of Becky’s first track sessions and I had to lead lumps and bumps for her! Or even when we went to pizza hut and we did not stop laughing for about 2 hours- just knowing someone at such a level is inspiring."
PLANS FOR THE WINTER, TRAINING/RACING/REST?
"During the winter I race the Calshot Track League and also the Wessex cross league. Training wise, Coach Graham puts extra roller/turbo sessions on to improve base fitness and strength ready for the racing season. I intend to improve my endurance throughout the winter ready for the longer races."
YOUR HIGHLIGHTS THIS SEASON?
"This has been the best season on the road for me. I have done less than a dozen crit races in my life, but have managed to achieve many seconds and a few firsts and I raced to 3rd in both the Prudential Ride London and the Southern region Crit champs. I recently did my first senior women’s race at Goodwood and managed to win the race in a tactical bunch sprint."
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR?
"As a first year under 16, I still have another year in this age cat, so I want to progress through to second year achieving better results in national events and consistently improving in one way or another."
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 10 YEARS?
"I want to get as far as I can go. I hope to progress to bigger things in the cycling world and achieve to the highest I possibly can, perhaps representing my country one day."
WOMENS CYCLING HAS REALLY GROWN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS OF YOUR AGE WHO MIGHT LIKE TO TRY RACING?
"I would say just go for it because you’ve got nothing to lose. It’s so much fun and no one is relying on you to do amazingly well in your first few races. I’d say try it out to see what you think, but it’s your choice whether to continue or not."
IF NOT A CYCLIST?
"I have no idea, maybe a coach or a personal trainer"
Thanks to Mark Williams.