BikingMan Oman: A new start!

As I swing left to rejoin a properly tarmacked road, I realise that it is here that I have just won my own race, regardless of what will happen next. This is the defining moment of BikingMan Oman for me. The moment where I overcame my fear of gravel and freed myself of the excuses. I have bloody well done it. I yell into dark, into the wind, to nobody else than myself…

Oman Oh (wo)man!

2019 is the year of new challenges, of trying new things, of seeing how I get on in unsupported ultra-cycling races, and of combining my cycling with seeing my family who are scattered all over the globe. First up is seeing my sister in Dubai and lining up for BikingMan Oman. I will do a…

WORLD 24 HOUR TT CHAMPION

A wise woman once said “It does not matter how fast you ride if you cannot finish; the key is to learn to ride optimally. Ultra-cycling racing is more about you and less about the other person”.

National 24hr TT – WIN !

Last weekend 5 really cool things happened: 1. I became the 2017 women’s national 24hr TT champion and – with a provisional distance of 456.45 miles – I came within touching distance of the all-time women’s competition record (461.45 miles), despite enduring far from ideal conditions; 2. I also became the 1st woman ever to…

12-hour and 24-hour Races

Recently I did a 12hr TT and a 24hr race back to back on consecutive weekends – plus a 600k Audax in less than 24 hours the weekend before that. Most ‘normal’ people would say doing any of these events full stop would be mad enough, let alone doing them back to back. It isn’t…

24 Hour TT Worlds

The World 24 Hour Time Trial Championships were my last hope to somewhat redeem my 2016 season after a DVT in summer meant I only competed at 3 events in the whole year and spent many hours indoor on my turbo. Everything went to plan during the cooler first 12 hours of the race but…

24 Hour Races: Solo vs Team

In 2013 I did my first 24-hour cycle race at Le Mans on the famous Bugatti Circuit. Solo. Straight into the deep end and I absolutely loved it. This year I competed at Revolve24, a similar 24-hour race at Brands Hatch in Kent. This time as a mixed team of 4 and again I got…

Total Women’s Cycling

I was recently asked by Total Women’s Cycling for some insight into what it is that appeals to me in endurance racing and how to prepare for a 24 hour event. See link for the full interview.

National 12hr TT – WIN!

It took me a year, but I am super chuffed to have achieved last year’s goal: winning the National 12hr TT title. Being awarded the Best British All-Rounder title last year was amazing – and I wouldn’t do it justice by considering it ‘solace’ for missing out on my main goal – but winning the…

IF…

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

Final SEWTTS Event for 2014

On the 20th of September the 12th and final event of the South East Women’s Time Trial Series was held on the rolling H10/3a course near Newbury (see link for profile). This is an out-and-back single carriage way 10 mile course with a relatively straight forward, if slightly tight, turn at the roundabout at the…

Ski slopes and achieving goals

Last weekend I reached two of my end-of-season goals, a ‘21’ for a 10m TT and a ‘55’ for a 25m TT. Admittedly these PBs were set on fast courses, both with a considerable ‘ski slope’ to add to both the speed and fear factor! The Saturday event organised by Icknield RC was held on…