Road cycling

Lucy Garner

Last Updated: 26/01/16 8:34pm

Lucy Garner: Is a double World Junior Road Race champion

Lucy Garner shows off her new team kit at Wiggle-Honda

Lucy Garner has been in Australia training with her new team

Lucy is also a promising track cyclist and won the Individual Pursuit at the National Championships in 2012

Lucy's impressive CV includes being named the Sunday Times' Young Sports Woman of the Year in 2011

The 18-year-old is now racing with the elite women and won her first race, in China, last year

The 18-year-old is now racing with the elite women and won her first race, in China, last year


Fact File

  • DOB: 20/09/1994
    Event: Cycling, road
    Hometown: Leicester
    International Debut: 2006
  • 2011: Junior Omnium European Track Championship - 4th
    2011: Junior Team Pursuit European Track Championship - 4th
    2011: National Record holder, Junior Track Team Pursuit
    2011: Junior World Road Race champion
    2011: Commonwealth Youth Road Race champion
    2011: Commonwealth Youth Criterium - 3rd
    2011:Women's National Madison champion
    2011: Women's National Road Race Series champion
    2011: Sunday Times Young Sports Women of the Year
    2012: Junior World's National Road Race champion
    2012: Senior Women's Crit champion
    2012: Women's Individual Pursuit champion
    2012: European Junior Road Race champion
    2012: European Junior Scratch champion
    2012: European Junior Team Pursuit winner
    2012: European Junior Team Sprint - 2nd
    2013: GB senior debut - World Road Championships

I was double Junior World Road Race champion in 2011 and 2012, I've represented GB at the European Road Championships and won medals at the European Track Championships. In my first year as a senior I won my first pro race in China and joined up with my new team Wiggle-Honda at the start of 2016.

I am an endurance athlete with a sprint which enables me to be competitive in the final few kilometres of a race and I have used this skill to good effect to win races.


I've been a part of the British Cycling Development Programme since I was 14 and I love being part of a team. I started with the GB Cycling Talent team, move onto the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme and now I'm part of the Academy. 

The big aim is getting to the Olympics. By then I will have a good amount of experience in the women's peloton and hopefully the results to back up the experience. 


I feel I cannot only help people understand and want to take up cycling but I am so passionate about all sport that if a chance came up for me to help others get involved I would definitely jump at the opportunity. 

I have already visited several primary schools to tell them my story and show them what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it. 

Lucy Garner shows off her new team kit at Wiggle-Honda


As a rider, I do a lot of  travelling around Europe and if the team can't take me I have to do that myself. A lot of my team-mates have a job next to their cycling but being part of the Sky Scholarships allows me to focus fully on cycling and become the best athlete I can be.

Being a Scholar has been a great experience and a massive help to my career. Cycling is a very tough sport and Sky hasn't just helped me on the bike but also off the bike. 

I was fortunate enough to take part in two media sessions. This has really helped me with my presence off the bike. As cycling has grown so much in recent years the media attention has too. I now feel that if and when I am interviewed pre/post race I have the confidence to answer in a calm manner. 

Sky has given me the opportunity to work closely with a top athlete - my mentor is Annabel Croft. It's been really helpful to have someone I can talk to about some of my problems and get advice on things I am not sure about. 

I have also spoken to  Annabel about her experiences about reaching the highest level of her sport.  I really believe that all of this help and advice can only help me with reaching my goals of competing at the highest level.

Lucy Garner has been in Australia training with her new team

I have been living in the Netherlands for over three years. With the help from Sky I have been able to fully concentrate on my training, even though it was really hard to move away from my family and friends.

Sky realise that as an athlete it isn't always easy training in the winter when the weather can be unkind to cyclists, so I have been able to train in warm weather training ahead of a new season. I went to Spain at the end of 2015 and Australia at the start of 2016. 

Sky not only want to help with now and in the near future but also for after my career as a cyclist. I've had some amazing experiences by trying different careers in the studios and getting help from professional media training experts.

It's a pleasure to work with so many great athletes who are experiencing what I am, just in other sports.