Is the first time you have had support from the Dave Rayner Fund?
This is my second year of support. Last year I was with a Dutch club team and I would not have been able to race abroad without the support of the fund.
What is your cycling history?
At the age of 9 I started racing local cycle cross in Norfolk every Sunday morning. The whole club (Fat Birds Don't Fly) used to turn out and encourage me along, popping up along the course with useful information like "change gear'! The club morale really got me into racing and riding my bike, especially when the races and rides ended with a compulsory cake stop. However, it all got a little more serious when I started time trialling and road racing a couple of years later with the support of Beacon Wheelers.
What team are you joining?
I am with Bizkaia Durango - Euskai Murias. A Spanish UCI team.
Tell us a bit about your team.
Bizkaia Durango Euskadi Murias has been a UCI team for the last 14 years. This year it has ‘stepped up’ a level to with Euskadi Murias also supporting the team. There are riders racing in Road, Time Trial, Track and Cyclo Cross. The staff and team mates are devoted to cycling and the team, they always try to get the best out of everything which is a positive environment to be in.
What is your race programme looking like?
My provisional race programme is very well balanced with a mixture of World Tour, UCI, National and regional races. This mixture allows me to have a realistic chance at winning races and then experience racing for the first time at world tour level. I am also looking forward to hillier racing being based in the north of Spain.
Where are you going to live?
I will be living in Durango in the Basque region of Spain, staying in the team house. The roads are spectacular with their views. I am going to need to be able to climb hills fast!
What bike will you be riding and who supplies the team kit?
Our bikes are supplied by BH, I am delighted with how the bike rides and am looking forward to putting it through the paces in training. Our team clothing is supplier by Kalas, you won’t miss use as it is bright pink!
Do you have any other interests outside of cycling?
I have an interest in cooking, my favourite dish is tarragon chicken as it is quick to cook but still healthy.