<strong>WHO AM I?</strong>
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.
HOW DID MY CAREER PROGRESS?
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.
Top 5 achievements
- Junior world road race champion (2011)
- Junior world road race champion (2012)
- Stage win in Route de France (2015)
- 3rd at Senior national Road champs (2016)
- 2nd in Tour de Yorkshire (2016)
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.
HOW HAS BEING A SCHOLAR HELPED?
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.
I have been living in the Netherlands for the last few 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.