I began competitive cycling relatively late – aged 16 – having been talent spotted at school aged 15. I wasn’t a cyclist at all previously and having been talent spotted was faced with a steep learning curve into the world of cycling skills and tactics. Perseverance lead to junior National Titles and representing Great Britain at the junior World Championships in only my second year of racing.
I grew up in London but after finishing my A Levels relocated to Manchester to be a full time cyclist and within 9 months won my first World Title in the women’s Team Pursuit. A series of setbacks throughout 2010 put my place on Team GB at a home Olympic Games in jeopardy as I subsequently suffered a bad year in 2011, but I battled back to become World Champion, World Record holder and Olympic Champion in 2012.
After the London Olympics I focussed more on individual events and in 2014 completed the World Championships and Commonwealth Games double with gold medals at both events in the Individual Pursuit that year.
I made Team GB again in 2016 for the Rio Olympics but this time we went in as the underdogs having not won the World Title that year. However the team blew the competition away to take a gold medal again and 3 new World Records in the process.
I have suffered with alopecia, resulting in hair loss, since I was 10 years old which has brought with it many challenges to overcome as I grew up. You can ready more about this on the Alopecia page.
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