Sky Scholar and road cyclist Lucy Garner on training, dog caring and celebrating over Christmas

By Mark Ashenden

Last Updated: 24/03/2017, 10:57 GMT

Lucy Garner facing a busy schedule over the festive period
Lucy Garner facing a busy schedule over the festive period

Family, four-legged friends and a dose of activity on two wheels are all on the agenda for Lucy Garner over the next week.

The 22-year-old Sky Academy Sports Scholar from Leicester may still be a couple of months away from starting a new road cycling season, but that doesn't mean she's putting her feet up this Christmas.

Lucy explains what she'll be getting up to...

I love Christmas but as I am living in Holland I tend to actually live 'normal days' around Christmas, just because my boyfriend is a cyclocross rider and he's in his season so he always races Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

So we can't celebrate the night before as he is preparing to race. Every year we normally celebrate Christmas on the 24th and Lars' family come to our house and we have a gourmet meal which is pretty typical to have on Christmas Day in Holland.

So that means some form of training for me on the big day! It doesn't bother me and I actually quite like going out. Everyone is very jolly! Last year I went out for around three to four hours with a friend of mine.

It does vary but this year I just had 90 minutes of steady riding. I would have liked to actually go and watch Lars race as he was with his new team for the first time but as I had my own training to do, I settled with watching him on TV!

I always go back to the UK a couple of weeks before Christmas and celebrate it with my family but I am still doing my training and don't have much time off over the Christmas period.

For New Year's, we sometimes go to friends and it is quite a relaxed evening but I think this year I will probably stay at home and have an early night as I have a new puppy so I'm not sure how he is going to react to all the fireworks. I don't want to leave him alone!

I do normally train on New Year's Day though. I haven't got any races coming up. I'm just training hard and waiting for the season to kick off which will be around February. 


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