Megan Chard

Health Mate - Cyclelive
Dave Rayner Funded Since: 2017

Is the first time you have had support from the Dave Rayner Fund?

No, I had support from the fund last year too.

What is your cycling history?

I don't really have much of a cycling history. I was the first person in my family to cycle competitively. I was inspired by the 2012 Olympics and decided that I wanted to take it up as a sport. It was difficult as my parents didn't really know what to do, and neither did I so we had to rely on what everybody else was telling us. I met some amazing people which kept motivation high, and I started training properly in 2014, but last year was a big step up into international and worldwide racing.

What team are you joining?

Health Mate - Cyclelive

Tell us a bit about your team.

My team is a newly established women’s UCI cycling team. Our manager is also the manager of the well known Cyclelive magazine. So far it looks so positive and exciting and with good aspirations for the future I am very proud to be part of this team.

What is your race programme looking like?

My race programme is going to be predominantly in Belgium and Holland doing a lot of UCI races and hopefully some world tour races too towards the middle/end of the season. The team has a split calendar so maybe if one day I turn into a climber I can branch out to the more hillier parts of the world...

Where are you going to live?

I’m going to be living in West Flanders in a small town called Anzegem.

What bike will you be riding and who supplies the team kit?

My bike is the Thompson Diva in blue and the kit is provided by Doltcini.

Do you have any other interests outside of cycling?

I like a few other sports such as swimming and surfing, but when I am not cycling or doing any other sport I do like to go to cafe's with my friends and have some downtime.