I’ve had quite a brief but varied history in cycling. It started for me in 2012 when I got pressured in to racing BUCS super-sprint triathlon. I surprisingly took the win and that was me committed. I moved up the triathlon ranks, finishing 6th in the 20-24 age group at the 2013 world championships. By 2015 I was racing elite level, which is draft legal. This exposed me to the world of road racing as part of my training.
I had some early success on the road with 3 wins in the Oxfordshire Road Race League, picking up my 2nd cat licence. Off the back of my regional success, I got offered a ride for Beeline Bicycles race team. Alongside the final year of my master’s degree at Oxford Brookes University, I picked up some great results in many BUCS races including winning the circuit race championships.
I finished up the 2015 season with a 7th place at the National Individual Pursuit with a 4:33. The only non-GB rider in the top 10! After this, I signed for Planet X – Northside for 2016 with the aim of racing Premier calendar races as well as a number of UCI single day and stage races. Alongside I moved jobs from Pace Insights where I’d been working full time for Olympic teams as a performance engineer to Drag2Zero in a part time role performing a number of different aerodynamic and mathematical modelling tasks.
2016 has been a big eye opener for me, with a rollercoaster of results ranging from Nat B and open TT wins, down to UCI DNFs. A bout of poor form combined with bad luck wasn’t an ideal season opener but I’m back on it now with a TT course record and a Nat B win last week. I have a number of big races coming up including Stoke-on-Trent Tour Series and Beaumont Trophy. Here’s hoping the season improves now summer has rolled round!