- GO GOLD Athlete
- British Cycling
- Rawlins Academy
- Achievements from Application:
Raced in Pila, Italy for the Youth European MTB championships. 2nd overall in the British Cyclocross National Trophy 2019 rankings
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle
Last Saturday I raced my first road race since before the first lockdown. During the race I was aggressive and attacked as well as chasing down other attacks. I managed to jump across to a lone breakaway rider and got into a breakaway for half a lap, unfortunately we got bought back to the group but it was fun to get into a break. I was really well positioned going into the final corner, however I got swamped on the chicane just before the finish. I sprinted to 6th place and 3rd Junior with room for improvement. I am confident that I can improve on my result in the next race in a couple of weeks. This race gave me confidence in my ability and was a great start to the season!
With it being the Easter Holidays, I am putting in a big block of training to build my base before the season begins again. I am hoping for the sunny weather to stay for this week as I will be spending lots of hours on the bike training. Off the bike I am preparing for in school assessments for my A-levels.
Training has been going well this month. Riding in the sun this week has provided extra moral for training and I have been loving the warmer weather. It's looking like there will be racing soon so I am continuing to train hard to be in the best shape possible.
Last month the last races of the season got cancelled. I took 2 weeks off the bike to reset before training again for the road and MTB season. Hopefully there will be some racing this summer!
I'm excited to say I got selected to represent Great Britain at the World Cup in Belgium. Unfortunately due to COVID my race got cancelled so I wasn't able to travel and race. I'm gutted it got cancelled but I'm really happy I got selected and I'm excited for the next opportunity!
This weekend I raced a small local league race where I came 2nd overall and won my category! Due to COVID the race was 10minutes shorter than normal so I focused on attacking out the corners and I rode really hard. I haven't had much racing this year so it was amazing to be back on the start line. The course really suited my style of riding so I am really happy with the win!
I was lucky attend the Great Britain Cyclocross Team training camp up in Yorkshire. The first day we focused on skills and drills, the conditions were really slippy so I kept falling off. It was good to push the limits and ride in conditions which can't be replicated in my training. After the session we did a strength and conditioning session followed by a workshop focusing on the World Championships. The next day was harder with timed efforts and mini races. It was amazing to be riding with the best riders in the country and I learnt so much from the coaches.
I had an amazing time racing my first ever cyclocross world cup in Tabor, Czech Republic! It was great to be racing abroad in such a big race in GB colours. I got unlucky with a hard crash off the start leaving me a long way back but I kept chasing all race and enjoyed every moment. I'm gutted that my new GB skinsuit only lasted 500m before getting a hole!!! I loved racing on such a brutal course which was unlike anything in the UK. It was an amazing experience and I am so happy that my lockdown training has payed off!
I'm really excited to say I got selected to race for GB at the European Cyclocross Championships following my result at the York National Trophy. The race was meant to take place last weekend in the Netherlands but unfortunately, the UEC decided to cancel the junior races due to rising COVID cases on the continent. I was really excited to race so I'm gutted I wasn't able to go. However, I'm still really proud that I got a selection and I hope I will have more opportunities to race for GB in the future. I still received my GB kit which was a huge boost for my morale going into lockdown 2!
This weekend I competed in my first race since March. I got a good start sitting in 2nd for the first corner which put me in a good position for the rest of the race. When I got to the first technical section of the course I had dropped down to 3rd with a 20second gap to 4th. With the new COVID restrictions, we cannot change bikes every lap, this meant 2 laps into the race I dropped my chain and couldn't get it back on due to the mud. I lost over a minute and dropped down to 4th. I chased hard to attempt to get back into the podium position but another mechanical on the final lap meant I finished in 4th place. I really enjoyed being back racing and I am pleased with my result!
This week I have gone back to school. My training as decreased in hours but increased intensity so then I’m ready for the first race back. It looks like racing will be back really soon where I will hope to be on good form.
This month, I have gone back to work in my local restaurant after 4 months off due to lockdown. With the new eat out to help out scheme it has been really busy which has been tiring, especially with the increased amount of training I have been doing. I am continuing to improve on the bike and I'm happy with the progress I'm making. I can't wait for my first race post-covid!
This week I did my longest ever ride to the beach and back. We started at 9pm and rode through the night for to arrive at the sea in time for sunrise. Riding through the night was fun because there weren't any cars about and we played music to sing to. We were lucky to have a support van which provided food and clothes throughout the ride. After 5 hours of riding we made it to the sea in time for the sunrise. After watching the sunrise, we started the long ride home, I started to struggle riding home as the fatigue set in and we were riding into a headwind. I kept pushing and finally made it home feeling exhausted. In total I rode 272km (170miles), it was an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again!
This month I was supposed to be racing a 24 hour race called Mountain Mayhem. Instead we did our own 24 hour family relay from home instead. Another family joined us by doing their own family relay, where 1 rider from each family team was always riding. Beginning at 12:00 noon we met on the Derby/Leicestershire border and rode an hour together before splitting off into our 2 teams. My next ride was at 9pm where I got to watch the sunset. I returned at 11pm and managed to get a few hours sleep before waking up again to ride at 4am. I was hoping to watch the sun rise but was met with torrential rain and cloudy weather! I had a quick nap then jumped into the van to meet up with our friends also competing the relay and welcoming back the finishing riders 24 hours after we began.
At the start of the month, I heard the news that my favourite stage race in the Netherlands was cancelled. It was a huge motivation slash as I have been looking forward to this race since the start of the year, I really struggled to go out to train. However, I hate missing sessions and I always make sure I complete what my coach has set, but it was a mental battle! To help overcome my lack of motivation, I watched races from the last season and made goals for when racing returned. I am now more motivated then ever to train hard for the upcoming cyclocross season in the winter.
This month I have been exploring my local trails on my new MTB which has been fab! A massive thank you to Go Gold for the check which has helped to cover the costs!
Just before all the races were cancelled I received my new Scott Scale RC 900 Team Hardtail Mountain Bike from Cycle Division. I am gutted that I can't race it with the current situation but I have enjoyed exploring the local trails around my house and getting used to the bike. I hope that racing will begin soon!
During lockdown, I have continued to train out on the road (following government guidelines) and I am really pleased with my progress. I am getting new power PBs which has motivated me to keep training hard ready for when racing returns. For now I am avoiding the indoor turbo and taking advantage of the sunny weather!